Former President Donald Trump is demanding that China pays ten trillion dollars for its role in the coronavirus pandemic. 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 said 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.’
Earlier, 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.
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.
In a statement, Trump continued 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.
China threatens nuclear war, expanding arsenal in case of ‘intense showdown’ with US
The media mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist government touted the country’s “urgent” goal to expand its arsenal of long-range nuclear missiles in anticipation of an “intense showdown” with the US.
“As the US strategic containment of China has increasingly intensified, I would like to remind again that we have plenty of urgent tasks, but among the most important ones is to rapidly increase the number of commissioned nuclear warheads, and the DF-41s, the strategic missiles that are capable to strike long-range and have high-survivability, in the Chinese arsenal,” wrote Hu Xijian, the editor of the Global Times.
“The number of China’s nuclear warheads must reach the quantity that makes US elites shiver should they entertain the idea of engaging in a military confrontation with China,” he said in the opinion piece.
“On this basis, we can calmly and actively manage divergences with Washington to avoid a minor incident sparking a war. US hostility toward China is burning. We must use our strength, and consequences that Washington cannot afford to bear if it takes risky moves, to keep them sober,” Hu wrote, adding that Beijing must be ready for the “intense showdown.”