Trump explains why he didn’t fire Dr. Fauci from coronavirus task force

by Ryan Meilstrup

President Trump was asked by Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo why he didn’t fire Dr. Anthony Fauci from his coronavirus task force, despite concerns many on the political right have about Dr. Fauci’s job performance on the coronavirus task force.

Trump responded, “I didn’t… because if you fire him [Fauci] you’re going to have a firestorm on the Left.”

Dr. Fauci is beloved by the media despite being wrong many times in his predictions about the pandemic. He first advised Trump to not close travel from China in January of 2020. Trump acted against his advice which likely saved lives. Then there are the masks. Fauci originally warned against masks, before pushing for universal masking.

In January 2020, Dr. Fauci claimed that he warned Trump that the U.S. was in danger from the China virus, despite signing another tune publicly. And Fauci warned that millions could die in the U.S. based on faulty models that never materialized and has never admitted he was wrong.

Fauci has also been accused of funding a Chinese lab where some claim that the coronavirus originated.

Fauci has denied that he signed off on a funding request for gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, but Sen. Rand Paul disagrees with Fauci’s assessment and has gotten into a running feud with Fauci.

Sen. Paul told “Axios on HBO,”  that Fauci “probably never going to admit that he lied. He’s gonna continue to dissemble, and try to work around the truth, and massage the truth.”

In July, the Kentucky senator had a heated exchange with Dr. Anthony Fauci over whether Fauci’s agency funded gain-of-function research at the now infamous Wuhan Virology Lab.

Gain-of-function refers to a procedure by which strains of virus present in animals are manipulated to transmit to humans as well.

Paul asked Dr. Fauci under oath if he had lied to Congress about his involvement in that forbidden area of research. Fauci responded that the senator “didn’t know what he was talking about.”

However, a letter published by a member of the National Institute of Health shows Fauci has some explaining to do.

Biologist Richard H. Ebright posted a letter from the NIH “showing an NIH grand did fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, contrary to what Dr. Anthony Fauci testified to the Senate,” according to Breitbart.

The NIH’s letter to the House Oversight Committee detailed an NIH grant that was awarded to EcoHealth Alliance and then “sub-awarded to the Wuhan lab, funded a research project during 2018 and 2019 that tested if spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.”

Despite all these controversies, Dr. Fauci is still advising Joe Biden on the pandemic response.

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