Pompeo slams ‘naive’ Fauci for defending China from COVID origin probe

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is accusing the National Institutes of Health of suppressing intelligence on the origins of the coronavirus, and slamming Dr. Anthony Fauci for running interference for China.

The nation’s former top diplomat made the comments to Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Thursday evening, as the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert faces pushback after thousands of his emails were released to media outlets as part of the Freedom of Information Act.

“It was the State Department that ultimately — we’d pick fights inside the organization, but it was us ultimately who put out documents on Jan. 15 that demonstrated some of the central facts we now know that led to the overwhelming amount of evidence that demonstrates that this probably did come from this virology lab,” Pompeo began.

“It was good work by the State Department team, we overcame lots of internal bureaucracy to get there, and lots of internal debate from NIH folks who are trying to suppress what we’re doing at the State Department as well.”

Pomepo also slammed Fauci’s ignorance on the issues that have arisen from the Chinese Communist Party in recent years.

“He implies good faith for the Chinese Communist Party: We are on the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square [incident]. For Dr. Fauci to go out and think the CCP cared that there were people in Wuhan who were dying… is just naive beyond all possible imagination.”

On Thursday morning, Fauci repeatedly defended China, telling CNN that it’s “quite far-fetched that the Chinese deliberately engineered something so that they could kill themselves, as well as other people.”

“I think that’s a bit far out,” he added.

Fauci also told MSNBC that Americans shouldn’t “be accusatory” or be “pointing fingers” at the Chinese Communist Party. 

“It’s obviously in China’s interests to find out exactly what it is. And the ‘is’ of the natural theory would be to find that link. So you have to keep looking for it,” he said.

The emails, which offer a glimpse into how Fauci dealt with the crisis in the earlier months of 2020, were published online earlier this week by Buzzfeed News and the Washington Post. 

The emails show that Fauci was warned early in the outbreak that the coronavirus had possibly been “engineered.” Still, he and other experts dismissed the claim at the time.

In January 2020, Fauci received an email from a top US virus researcher, who wrote that “unusual features” of the virus may indicate it was “engineered,” but Fauci omitted that information in public statements, insisting that he believed the virus “evolved in nature and then jumped species.”

In recent weeks, Fauci has hedged his position, saying he “can’t guarantee everything that is going on in the Wuhan lab,” and that he is keeping an “open mind” on where the virus could have originated.

On Wednesday, Fauci blamed criticism of his shifting position on “people out there who, for one reason or another, resent me for what I did in the last administration, which was not anything that was anti-Trump at all.”

“It was just trying to get the right information, to try and get the right data. What they didn’t seem to understand, I guess that it is understandable that they didn’t understand it, is that science is a dynamic process,” he told MSNBC.

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