Dr. Anthony Fauci participated in two interviews over the weekend in which he came to the defense of communist China, the Daily Wire reports.
Both interviews took place on Sunday. One occurred during CBS News’ Face the Nation, while the other took place on NBC News’ Meet the Press.
Fauci denies China COVID “cover-up”
The CBS interview was hosted by Margaret Brennan.
Brennan brought to Fauci’s attention a recent Washington Post op-ed in which the outlet’s editorial board argued not only that China has covered the COVID pandemic up – in part, by refusing to allow a proper investigation of the pandemic – but also that “the cover-up is immense and still in place.”
Brennan asked Fauci, “Do you agree with that word ‘cover-up,’ and ‘intentional distortion?'”
Fauci, in typical fashion, replied: “I don’t know what that means. I’m not sure what they’re talking about. I mean, if cover-up is not allowing people to come in and look at all the data, that’s not a cover, that’s not being transparent.”
Fauci, also in typical fashion, went on to blame China’s refusal to cooperate with an investigation on the administration of former President Donald Trump and its “anti-China approach.”
Fauci faced a similar question during his interview with Chuck Todd on NBC.
Todd asked, “Now there would be one theory as to why is the Chinese government acting so peculiar and weird, and they still have not come clean on what they can tell us about the start of this pandemic, have they?”
Fauci, once again, came to the defense of China.
Yeah. Yeah. That is true. And that is, in some respects, and I don’t mean this in a broad pejorative way, but in anything that we’ve had to do over decades, whether it’s bird flu, H5N1, H7N9, or the original SARS in 2002, even when there’s nothing to hide they act in a suspicious, non-transparent way just probably because they don’t want to make it look like there’s a blame. When the reality is, if something evolves in your country, it’s not to blame but let’s find out what went on so we can be transparent about it and prevent it for the next time happening.
Fauci on COVID origins
The above is not that surprising from Fauci. What is surprising, however, is that, during these same interviews, Fauci claimed that he now has “a completely open mind” regarding the origin of the COVID pandemic.
Fauci made it clear that he still believes that animal-to-human transmission is the most supported theory. But, he appeared more open to the lab leak theory than he has been in the past.
Fauci appears to be making himself sound more reasonable – at least with some things. Perhaps, this is in anticipation of the upcoming investigation that he will be facing from House Republicans.