Dr. Anthony S. Fauci called for congressional Republicans to “keep the politics out of” any potential investigations on the origins of COVID, one of the top priorities expressed by some members of the new incoming House of Representatives GOP majority, especially when it comes to China.
The outgoing top medical adviser to President Joe Biden as well as the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has been ensconced at the agency since Ronald Reagan’s first term in the White House, hit the Sunday morning political gabfest circuit as the extended goodbye for the Resistance superstar drags on, making the case to CBS’ “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan that any serious probe comes at a risk of upsetting the communist regime in Beijing.
After playing up the fear of a winter wave of the virus to pimp the booster jabs, the topic turned to the GOP investigations which the octogenarian career government employee acknowledged but took great delight that he won’t be faced down by his nemesis, Senator Rand Paul.
“Well, I don’t think it’s gonna wane for me because they’re already saying, the Republicans, that had they won the Senate, they would be bringing me before the committee that Rand Paul would be- likely would be chairing. That’s not going to happen because the Senate is not in the Republican control. But the Republican House has said that they’re going to- and that’s fine with me,” he said in a gloating response to a Brennan question.
The lifelong bureaucrat also said of Republicans, “Well, you know, it is- it- they’ve clearly politicized it. You know they say that- I’m not political at all, period. I’ve never been and anybody who knows anything about me knows that that’s the case. But it is very clear when people are running their campaigns with an anti-Fauci element to it.”
“I mean, that’s ridiculous,” he said. “I mean, this is a public health issue. So yeah, it’s going to keep going likely much more geared towards me. I mean, it’s obviously a political issue. I’m not going to get involved. I didn’t get involved before in the politics. And I’m not going to get involved now in the politics, I’d be more than happy to explain publicly or otherwise, everything that we’ve done, and I could defend and explain everything that we’ve done from a public health standpoint.”
(Video: YouTube/Face The Nation)
Fauci, who has been accused of funding dangerous gain of function research at the Wuhan lab that some believe that COVID escaped from, strongly defended the official theory that the virus originated from a bat at a “wet market” and that the evidence is “quite strong” that it was a natural occurrence before discouraging anything that would offend the Chinese government.
“What happens is that if you look at the anti-China approach, that clearly the Trump administration had right from the very beginning, and the accusatory nature, the Chinese are going to flinch back and say, Oh, I’m sorry, we’re not going to talk to you about it, which is not correct. They should be,” he said, sniping at his former boss.
“But they’re not talking to the Biden administration about it either is what you’re saying,” Brennan said of the communist government’s refusal to come clean with the current administration.
“Exactly. I think that horse is out of the barn, and they’re very suspicious of anybody trying to accuse them,” he replied, calling for a hands-off approach. “We need to have an open dialogue with their scientists and our scientists, keep the politics out of it. And let the scientists- because these are scientists that we’ve known for decades, and we’ve collaborated with them.”
Fauci didn’t bother to address rights abuses in China, in particular, the latest COVID crackdown nor was he asked to by the fawning host who only briefly touched on the failure of the repressive nation’s “Zero COVID” policies and not the current brutality brought to bear against protesters.
He concluded his interview by addressing Brennan’s questions about his future.
“You know, I don’t know, Margaret. And the reason I don’t know is that I want to strictly stick to the- to the ethical guidelines of not negotiating what my next position, wherever that may be in a university or in a foundation or whatever, until I actually step down. Otherwise, there could be considerations of conflict of interest and things like that,” he said. “I want to stay completely away from that. So I’ve done none of that. When I step down at the end of the year, then I’ll start entertaining venues in which I’m going to operate.”
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