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Trump demands answers from Dr Fauci about Wuhan lab

‘China should pay ten trillion dollars to America and the world’: Trump claims he saved hundreds of thousands of lives ignoring Fauci and demands answers on ‘foolish’ funding of Wuhan lab in blistering statement

  • Donald Trump demanded China pay ten trillion dollars for the ‘death and destruction they have caused’
  • He said Dr Anthony Fauci’s emails showed he had been right all along about deadly coronavirus leaking from Wuhan laboratory
  • He also claimed to have saved hundreds of thousands of lives by ignoring his adviser’s guidance on everything from masks to borders 
  • Earlier the White House defended Fauci and said he still had the confidence of President Biden 
  • House Republicans demanded Fauci give testimony again and ask for his emails to be unredacted 

Former President Donald Trump is demanding that China pays ten trillion dollars for its role in the coronavirus pandemic as he added to growing calls for Dr. Anthony Fauci to explain exactly how much he knew about work being done at the Wuhan Institute of virology.

In a statement, Trump derided his scientific adviser by claiming he saved hundreds of thousands of lives by resisting Fauci’s guidance on everything from closing borders, developing vaccines and wearing masks.

‘Now everyone, even the so-called “enemy,” are beginning to say that President Trump was right about the China Virus coming from the Wuhan Lab,’ he said in a second statement sent minutes after the first. 

‘The correspondence between Dr. Fauci and China speaks too loudly for anyone to ignore.

‘China should pay ten trillion Dollars to America, and the world, for the death and destruction they have caused.’ 

President Donald Trump publicly feuded with Dr. Anthony Fauci throughout 2020 and is now claiming victory amid growing questions over how much his adviser knew about work being done at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The Chinese laboratory is at the center of conspiracy theories that the novel coronavirus escaped from a scientific facility rather than jumped the species barrier naturally

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been a favorite target of conservatives for the past year. They accuse him of flip flopping on whether masks and border closures were effective and now say the release of his emails show he has not been telling the truth on the origins of COVID-19

Fauci has been a favorite target of conservatives throughout the pandemic, attracting fire for his support for social distancing and mask wearing.

They have accused him of flip-flopping for the way he initially resisted closing borders and wearing masks before endorsing both.

But his role in the early days of the crisis is under fresh scrutiny after two news organizations obtained his emails under a Freedom of Information request.

In particular, Republicans claim the communications show Fauci knew the Wuhan Institute of Virology – at the center of  the lab leak hypothesis for the origins of the COVID-19 crisis – was carrying out experiments with genetically engineered coronaviruses.

They also show he was warned of the possibility of a lab leak at a time when he was publicly insisting the pandemic emerged naturally by jumping from an animal host to human.

President Biden has ordered the intelligence community to redouble efforts into finding out whether the novel coronavirus emerged naturally or from a lab. Researchers at the Wuhan Institute for Virology are seen in this February 2017 file photo

Three members of staff Wuhan Institute of Virology were reported to have sought medical help for COVID-like symptoms in November 2019, adding to growing speculation that the virus escaped from the facility triggered a pandemic

And on April 18, 2020, Fauci was emailed by the head of a research group which works with the Wuhan lab thanking him for publicly saying the evidence did not support the idea of a leak.    

Yet in recent weeks he has insisted that the lab, which received U.S. funding, was not doing secret ‘gain of function’ research of the sort his critics believe triggered the pandemic.

Trump piled on with a statement demanding to find out how much Fauci really knew about the Wuhan lab.

‘There are a lot of questions that must be answered by Dr. Fauci,’ he said.

‘The funding of Wuhan by the U.S. was foolishly started by the Obama administration in 2014 but ended under the Trump administration.

‘When I heard about it, I said “no way.”

‘What did Dr. Fauci know about “gain of function” research, and when did he know it?’

Minutes earlier, the White House defended Fauci against his accusers.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki said he retained the confidence of Biden and added: ‘He’s been an undeniable asset in our country’s pandemic response.’

For his part, Fauci says his emails – obtained by Buzzfeed News and the Washington Post – have been taken out of context.

‘I have always said, and will say today to you … that I still believe the most likely origin is from an animal species to a human, but I keep an absolutely open mind that if there may be other origins of that, there may be another reason, it could have been a lab leak,’ he told CNN

Fauci and Trump cut awkward colleagues at the best of times, with Fauci repeatedly introducing a note of caution to the president’s bold pronouncement about the efficacy of unproven treatments such as hydroxychloroquine

Uncertainty of the origins of the pandemic have created a slew of theories about what happened.

The scientific consensus remains that it emerged from the wild, like other coronavirus outbreaks such

However, interest in the idea that it could have leaked from a laboratory researching bat coronaviruses has surged since a number of high-profile scientists last month admitted they could not be sure where it came from.

As a result, Biden announced he had tasked the intelligence community with ‘redoubling’ its efforts to find out which of the two theories is true.

House Republicans are also demanding that Fauci testify before them again on the origins.   

Rep. Steve Scalise, the senior Republican on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, and House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer wrote to their Democratic counterparts asking that he appear again. 

They wrote that Fauci’s emails ‘debunk many Democrats’ claims from the past year,’ according to Fox News which obtained their letter. 

‘More importantly, the emails contain new evidence regarding the origins of COVID-19, including the possibility it leaked from a U.S. taxpayer funded laboratory,’ they wrote.

Daily Mail has been asking if the virus stemmed from a Wuhan lab since April 2020

The Daily Mail has consistently questioned the consensus that COVID-19 was transmitted from humans to animals.

Our reporters have dug into the details and challenged the assumptions about how the pandemic originated. 

APRIL 4, 2020: 

Did coronavirus leak from a research lab in Wuhan? Startling new theory is ‘no longer being discounted’ amid claims staff ‘got infected after being sprayed with blood’

Ministers fear that the coronavirus pandemic might have been caused by a leak from a Chinese laboratory, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Senior Government sources say that while ‘the balance of scientific advice’ is still that the deadly virus was first transmitted to humans from a live animal market in Wuhan, a leak from a laboratory in the Chinese city is ‘no longer being discounted’.

One member of Cobra, the emergency committee led by Boris Johnson, said last night that while the latest intelligence did not dispute the virus was ‘zoonotic’ – originating in animals – it did not rule out that the virus first spread to humans after leaking from a Wuhan laboratory. 

APRIL 15, 2020:

Mike Pompeo demands truth from Beijing as US investigates if COVID-19 escaped from Wuhan lab during experiments and China covered it up by blaming ‘wet’ food markets

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded that China ‘come clean’ following reports that coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory, not as a bioweapon, but as part of bungling experiments to prove that Chinese scientists were superior to Americans in identifying emerging virus threats.

It comes after President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the U.S. is trying to determine whether the coronavirus first crossed to humans accidentally during experiments with bats at the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab.

After word of the outbreak finally became public, Chinese leaders were quick to blame Wuhan’s ‘wet market’ where wild animals — though not bats — are sold for consumption, leading one source to tell Fox News the debacle is the ‘costliest government coverup of all time.’

MAY 2, 2020: 

Wuhan virus lab ‘cover-up’: Startling photos of scientists wearing little protection as they handle deadly bat samples vanish from website of Chinese institute at the centre of global suspicion over pandemic 

Pictures which appear to show slack safety standards at the Chinese laboratory at the centre of international sus­picion over Covid-19 have been systematically deleted from its website – as Donald Trump continues to ramp up the pressure on Beijing over its potential role in the outbreak. 

During the past month, Wuhan’s Institute of Virology has removed photographs of scientists working in its laboratories and edited out references to visits by US diplomats who subsequently raised the alarm about the laboratory’s work on bats. 

US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he had seen intelligence that gave him a ‘high degree of confidence’ that the global crisis had its origins in the institute – a month after The Mail on Sunday first revealed that British Cabinet Ministers had received classified briefings raising the possibility of a leak from the institute. 

Downing Street did not take issue with President Trump’s remarks. ‘There are clearly questions that need to be answered about the origin and spread of the virus,’ a spokesman for Boris Johnson said. 

MAY 30, 2020:

Beijing now admits that coronavirus DIDN’T start in Wuhan’s market… so where DID it come from 

China has become used to public confessions on television. But this time the words came from one of the nation’s top officials and had seismic global implications.

‘At first, we assumed the seafood market might have the virus, but now the market is more like a victim,’ said Gao Fu, director of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gao’s initial analysis had made sense after previous outbreaks of zoonotic viruses (diseases that jump from animals to humans). Yet suspicion grew over the Chinese government’s failure to share data from animals sampled in the market following its early cover-ups.

JANUARY 2, 2021: 

China lab leak is the ‘most credible’ source of the coronavirus outbreak, says top US government official, amid bombshell claims Wuhan scientist has turned whistleblower 

One of America’s most senior government officials says the most ‘credible’ theory about the origin of coronavirus is that it escaped from a laboratory in China.

Matthew Pottinger, who is President Donald Trump’s respected Deputy National Security Adviser, told politicians from around the world that even China’s leaders now openly admit their previous claims that the virus originated in a Wuhan market are false.

Mr Pottinger said that the latest intelligence points to the virus leaking from the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology, 11 miles from the market, saying: ‘There is a growing body of evidence that the lab is likely the most credible source of the virus.’

JANUARY 9, 2021:

New cover-up fears as Chinese officials delete critical data about the Wuhan lab with details of 300 studies vanishing – including all those carried out by virologist dubbed Batwoman

The Chinese government is facing fresh accusations of a cover-up after officials deleted crucial online data about the laboratory suspected of being the source of Covid-19.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that hundreds of pages of information relating to studies carried out by the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology have been wiped.

Details of more than 300 studies, including many investigating diseases that pass from animals to humans, published online by the state-run National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are no longer available.

APRIL 24, 2021:

Worrying new clues about the origins of Covid: How scientists at Wuhan lab helped Chinese army in secret project to find animal viruses 

Scientists studying bat diseases at China’s maximum-security laboratory in Wuhan were engaged in a massive project to investigate animal viruses alongside leading military officials – despite their denials of any such links.

Documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal that a nationwide scheme, directed by a leading state body, was launched nine years ago to discover new viruses and detect the ‘dark matter’ of biology involved in spreading diseases.

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