Senator Tom Cotton joined Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures” to discuss the possible origin of COVID-19 at a Wuhan virology lab.
“Dr Fauci went to Congress and he said that absolutely hadn’t happened. But Dr Fauci is playing puns,” Cotton said. “So the money the NIH gave went to an American organization, which turned around and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to these Wuhan labs to investigate the coronaviruses and, yes, to find ways to make them more contagious and more dangerous. “
And, since then, all the circumstantial evidence, including the evidence that came out in the last days of the Trump administration, that some employees and staff at these labs may have had coronavirus-like symptoms as early as October or September 2019. , continues to point to these labs as the origin of this virus, and not the food market that the Chinese Communist Party has used as a cover from the very beginning.
This is why it is so imperative that the Biden administration hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable and demand answers to all of these questions.
BARTIROMO: But it is not, senator. You know.
We’re talking about all the things that come out of the Biden administration. You will be debating another bill this week about people not investing in Chinese military-related companies.
And yet, the administration has just removed a tech company from the Trump blacklist, and it has pushed back, postponed the ban on trading in shares of Chinese military-related companies. What is happening? The Biden administration continues to give the Chinese Communist Party a break and turn to the CCP.
Here we have a timeline of events on the history of function search gain. And what we have on our timeline is that there was a pause in this research, and then the pause was lifted in 2017.
Let’s take a look at this office winning research and funding, which you raise in a letter you sent to NIH Director Francis Collins. Tell me what you want to answer. You have 17 questions here. You and six other senators signed this letter to Francis Collins.
COTTON: Well, Maria, Joe Biden has turned to aggressors around the world, not just China, but Russia and Iran. And, this week, he appeared to establish a moral equivalence between Israel and Hamas when it began demanding a ceasefire.
But the letter on which I joined Senator Ron Johnson and a handful of other senators very specifically asks the National Institutes of Health why they were funded – the winning of functional research funding at these Wuhan labs.
Now, Dr Fauci has gone to Congress, and he has said that absolutely has not happened. But Dr Fauci is playing word games. So the money the NIH gave went to an American organization, which turned around and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to these Wuhan labs to investigate coronaviruses and, yes, to find ways to make them more contagious and more dangerous.
And we asked Francis Collins, who is Dr Fauci’s boss, to tell the truth, to tell us exactly what was going on, why this research was being funded, as you point out Maria, at a time when the Obama administration had explicitly prohibited this. sort of winning functional research, research aimed at making some of the world’s deadliest pathogens even more dangerous.
And I think there might be an example here of those public health bureaucrats thinking they know better, that they won’t respond to political oversight and accountability, even in the Obama administration. And they went ahead with this research which could be very dangerous.
This is why it is imperative that the NIH be honest and tell us exactly what happened.
BARTIROMO: You’re talking about those puns that Fauci was playing.
In fact, we know that a man by the name of Peter Daszak ran or ran the Health Eco Alliance, the alliance that – the nonprofit organization that took money from the NIH and sent it to Wuhan. .
Here is Peter Daszak, who heads this alliance, speaking about the coronavirus. Listen to this.
QUESTION: You say these are various coronaviruses and you cannot get vaccinated against them. There are no antivirals.
What are we doing?
PETER DASZAK, PRESIDENT, ECOHEALTH ALLIANCE: Well, I think the coronavirus is a really good one – I mean, you’re a virologist. You know all this. But they – you can handle them pretty easily in the lab.
BARTIROMO: You can handle the coronavirus easily, he told us in December 2019.
And, by the way, after speaking with you and others who suggested it was probably from the lab, I tweeted about promoting our show and the things that I found out, and Peter Daszak told me. destroyed on Twitter, saying I don’t know anything.
In the meantime, here we are, a year later. Obviously, it’s likely to come from the lab. What do you think of what happened here?
COTTON: Well, I think a lot of these so-called scientific experts and bureaucrats are trying to cover their tracks.
And, yes, it could be a real scandal. It could be public health bureaucrats violating the Obama White House’s explicit instruction to pursue highly, highly dangerous and potentially potentially leaking research from a lab, especially a lab in China that has notoriously bad security practices.
But, of course, a year ago, Maria, Donald Trump was still in the White House, and the press wouldn’t say anything that might help him get re-elected or confirm what people like me were saying. , if they … – since they say I don’t like my politics.
I guess now that Joe Biden is in the White House, they’re ready to investigate a little deeper. This is just one more example of how the press has become deeply partisan these days.