President Donald Trump joined calls to investigate Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday, in a statement released to reporters, after copies of Fauci’s emails were released to the public.
“There are a lot of questions that must be answered by Dr. Fauci,” Trump said, noting that government funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology began during former President Barack Obama’s administration. Trump boasted that he canceled the funding during his presidency.
“When I heard about it, I said “no way,’” he recalled.
But the former president questioned what Dr. Fauci knew about the dangerous “gain of function” research on coronaviruses taking place in the lab that may have been the source of pandemic.
“What did Dr. Fauci know about ‘gain of function’ research, and when did he know it?” Trump asked.
In February 2020, Fauci emailed questions about the ties between the National Institutes of Health and the