All hell broke loose when one bombshell book revealed how Dr. Fauci undermined Trump
During the last campaign, Donald Trump mused about firing Dr. Fauci.
But the bad news is Trump should have acted sooner.
All hell broke loose when one bombshell book revealed how Dr. Fauci undermined Trump.
The new book Nightmare Scenario: Inside the Trump Administration’s Response to the Pandemic That Changed History by Washington Post reporters Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta reveals a shocking scene where Dr. Fauci and National Institute of Health Director Francis Collins fought an order by President Trump to halt a grant to EcoHealth that ended up funding research on coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Paletta and Abutaleb wrote:
“With questions swirling about the origins of COVID-19—experts had determined that the virus was not man-made but could not rule out that it might have slipped out of a lab—the NIH had gone to the principal study investigator on April 19 and asked that payments be halted to the subcontractor in Wuhan until it had more answers.
A few days later, the relatively small grant had garnered new attention . . . On the afternoon of April 24, NIH director Francis Collins and Fauci received notice that Trump wanted to formally announce in a 5:00 p.m. press conference that the grant had been terminated.”
Collins and Fauci told the White House and [the Department of Health and Human Services] that they were not sure the NIH actually had the authority to terminate a peer-reviewed grant in the middle of a budget cycle. The HHS general counsel told them to do it anyway and made clear it was a direct order from the president, implying that their jobs were on the line if they didn’t comply. Fauci and Collins reluctantly agreed to cancel the grant.”
This grant has attracted renewed attention as new evidence continues to emerge that the coronavirus most likely escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in a lab accident.
Tucker Carlson has argued that Dr. Fauci deserves to be under criminal investigation for this grant as well as lying to Congress about supporting funding for gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Carlson argued that Dr. Fauci fought so hard against the idea the coronavirus escaped from a lab because it would implicate him in funding the risky research that led to this catastrophe.
This book reporting that Dr. Fauci fought against canceling a grant for gain of function research will only increase the calls to hold Dr. Fauci accountable.