Fauci misled Trump administration over research into Wuhan job gain, book says

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A new book by an Australian investigative journalist explains how Dr. Antoine Fauci would have misled the Trump administration in seeking to gain office in China.

“Fauci’s public figure as a cautious and cautious medical professional is contradicted by his pivotal role in initiating unusually heavy research on gaining office in the United States after the ban introduced under the Obama era, as well. than through its role in funding coronavirus research in China in dangerous laboratories. Laboratories that intelligence agencies suspect to have triggered the pandemic, “explains Sharri Markson in her new book,”What really happened in Wuhan. ”

The book was published late last month and details how Fauci tried to convince White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to repay funding for a research project in China, which was run by an organization. American nonprofit called EcoHealth Alliance. Funding for EcoHealth was suddenly finished last year after a decade of the project studying bats in China to identify coronaviruses.

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“Tony, you need to discuss this with the boss. Meadows is the one making that call,” former Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar told Fauci, after director of the National Allergy Institute and of infectious diseases complained about the sudden termination of funds, according to excerpts from the book reviewed by Fox News.

Fauci had “no qualms” about meeting with Meadows in an attempt to overturn the EcoHealth decision, “even though it was now public that this nonprofit group had funded Wuhan labs carrying out job gain research on coronaviruses in the same city where the pandemic started.

“Fauci declined to comment, but sources close to his complaint say he built a case based on the lack of process, rather than any personal relationship with Daszak,” the book says, referring to the president. from EcoHealth Alliance, Peter Daszak.

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Former President Barack Obama suspended federally funded research into office in 2014, but the NIH lifted the ban in 2017.

NIH director Francis Collins formalized his collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences in 2015, according to the book, and shared a photo of him that year with the president of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences. The book notes that Collins emailed Fauci in April 2020 saying that any claim of a lab leak of the virus was a conspiracy.

The email was titled ‘Conspiracy Grows Bigger’ and it included a link to live comments from Fox News host Bret Baier that multiple sources told him the virus could have originated from a Wuhan lab before accidentally escaping. Perhaps the NIH leadership viewed this as an innocent international collaboration, “the book says.

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“If so, it was naive. The United States was well aware of the risks inherent in the type of dual-use research Xi Jinping was engaging in. It seemed like the health, science community and even defense had turned a blind eye to these serious national security and biosecurity issues, as well as the blatant theft of US intellectual property by China. ”

Markson also spoke to Trump-era Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who did not name Fauci in his comments but made it clear he was blaming the NIH and other health officials Americans for funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

President Donald Trump and Dr.Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listen to Larry Kudlow, Chief Economic Advisor to the White House, speak about the coronavirus in the James Brady briefing room, Tuesday, 24 March 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

“What is clear to me is that the people at NIH and the medical professionals in the United States who supervised these American researchers who went to this lab also knew that this lab did not meet safety standards. rigorous, the standards that we would meet an American laboratory at or a British, French, Australian or Japanese facility at, ”he said.“ It seems that raises a lot of questions about the lack of monitoring and the risks that resulting.”

The book also details that senior White House officials were shocked to learn that Fauci lifted the ban on tenure research in 2017, and “they were even more astonished to find out that he did. knew so much about research in Wuhan, but never said a word as the pandemic unfolded. “

Trump’s acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who was in attendance at all meetings during the early stages of the pandemic, “said Fauci did not once mention the job gain research that his agency had funded to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, “according to the book.

“I don’t remember him saying anything like that, and certainly not that he could have been involved in it,” Mulvaney told Markson. “I was surprised to learn the link recently. Honestly, I would have liked to know, as this would clearly have been recorded as a possible source of bias in Fauci’s contributions to the debate. In other words: I knew that Navarro hated the Chinese, so I knew to take his opinion on, say, the travel ban, with a grain of salt. I didn’t know of Fauci’s involvement in research in China. It certainly would have had an impact on the weight. that we have given to some of his contributions. “

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Although Fauci did not notify senior Trump administration officials about funding for the office-winning research, emails released as part of a FOIA request showed Fauci was concerned about funding for such projects by the NIH, the book says.

“Fauci was clearly concerned from the early days of the outbreak that his agency had funded work at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, possibly even funding the lab that caused the pandemic. had something to be extremely worried about, given scientists were telling him that Covid-19 may have been genetically modified, ”writes Markson.

Fauci has denied funding such research that creates deadly new viruses and was even grilled by Sen. Rand Paul over funding over the summer.

“You take an animal virus and you increase its transmissibility to humans. You say it’s not a gain in function? Paul asked Fauci during a Senate hearing in July.

Dr.Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Work and Pensions at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC , July 20, 2021. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP via Getty Images) ______ JULY 20: Senator Rand Paul, (R-KY), interviews top disease expert infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci at a Senate Conference on Health, Education, Work and Pensions Committee Hearing, July 20, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite-Pool / Getty Images)

Dr.Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Work and Pensions at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC , July 20, 2021. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP via Getty Images) ______ JULY 20: Senator Rand Paul, (R-KY), interviews top disease expert infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci at a Senate Conference on Health, Education, Work and Pensions Committee Hearing, July 20, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite-Pool / Getty Images)
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“That’s right, and Senator Paul, you don’t know what you’re talking about, quite frankly, and I want to say it officially,” Fauci replied.

Dr Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, also accused Fauci of lying about gain-of-function research, with the book claiming that Fauci is essentially the “father of gain-of-function research.” according to Ebright.

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“No one on the planet has done more than Anthony Fauci to allow, expand and excuse gain-of-office research,” Ebright said.

Fauci told Fox News on Sunday that he “can’t think of anything” of what he has done that has contributed to the allegations and controversy over funding dangerous research at the Wuhan lab.


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