Admiral Brett Giroir, who served on the White House coronavirus task force under President Donald Trump and was the former administration’s testing czar, has ripped Dr. Anthony Fauci for his behavior in a Senate hearing, in which he accused GOP Sen. Rand Paul of being a liar – whereas in reality that label probably best describes him.
When the heated exchange occurred, Paul was asking Fauci why he denied that the National Institutes of Health, which includes the latter’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has given a $600,000 grant to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology for gain-of-function research into bat coronaviruses.
The question is especially crucial as the escape of COVID-19 from the Chinese virology center in Wuhan is emerging as an ever more plausible theory about the origin of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on Fox News, Admiral Brett Giroir declared that he has never seen a witness in a public hearing in the Senate – in this face, Fauci – call an American senator “a liar”.
He expressed his indignation that Fauci told Rand Paul that he didn’t know what he was talking about when the latter was clearly well-prepared by referencing a Wuhan Institute paper on coronavirus gain-of-function research citing the NIH grant as a source of funding.
Girior criticized the seemingly aggressive approach taken by Anthony Fauci during his hearing at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
He stated that it certainly wasn’t a “good” posture for him, nor did it inspire any confidence in the American public to see the top health official behave in such a deplorable manner.
The Trump administration testing czar said Fauci is indeed “hiding behind” technicalities in his denial that NIH money granted to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology went to gain-of-function research.
Girior declared that what the NIH funded in that case is “exactly what Rand Paul said”.
He went on to explain that the research in question involved walking “hundreds of miles away”, and “into the back of bat caves” in order to source dangerous bat viruses which have “never been seen by humans before”, and then taken those to a city with a population of 10 million, i.e. Wuhan, for lab research and gain-of-function enhancement.
Girior then explained that the WIV researchers funded by the NIH “chopped up those viruses” and went for the creation of “new Frankenstein viruses” with the goal of seeing if those are capable of infecting human cells.
The admiral emphasized that whether that is “technically” “gain of function” was a sheer technicality at this point since it is certainly dangerous research, and Senator Rand Paul deserves to have his questions answered – which is precisely what Fauci’s disgraceful behavior tried to prevent.
Girior also cautioned that such new viruses based on material derived from bats could be stored by China so they can use them as biological weapons.