Trump slams Democrats including Kamala who called him ‘xenophobic’ for pushing Wuhan leak theory and says China needs to pay – even if it was an accident
- Speaking on Fox Nation Wednesday the former president said he was surprised how much traction the theory had gained in recent weeks
- Trump said he believed Democrats’ dismissal of the theory that the coronavirus leaked from a lab in Wuhan was likely politically motivated
- It has gained renewed attention after President Joe Biden ordered an intelligence review into the origins of the virus
- Trump said he believes if the lab leak theory were proven true, it was likely accidental, but China should still pay
- He said he is doubtful definitive evidence will emerge, however, saying China has likely gotten rid of it
Former President Donald Trump hit out at Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris for denying theories he promoted as president that the coronavirus leaked from a lab in China, and said the Communist country would have to pay even if it was accidental.
Speaking to Dr. Nicole Saphier on Fox Nation Wednesday, Trump said he was surprised at the recent traction the theories that the coronavirus leaked from the Chinese Wuhan Institute of Virology have gained, saying that now, ‘it’s the biggest subject there is in America today.’
‘You know that I said it a long time ago right from the beginning, and when you look at Wuhan and that’s where it all started and then you look at the Wuhan lab and that’s what they were doing it seemed pretty obvious to me,’ he said.
Former President Donald Trump said he was surprised at the traction the theory that the coronvairus emerged from a Chinese lab had gained recently in a Fox Nation interview on Wednesday
Two U.S. experts have penned a damning essay saying that science strongly suggests the novel coronavirus was manufactured inside a Chinese laboratory.
The claim was made by Drs Stephen Quay, CEO of biopharmaceutical company Atossa Therapeutics Inc, and Richard Muller, a physics professor at the University of California Berkeley, in The Wall Street Journal on Sunday.
In the op-ed, the men say their proof lies in genome sequencing, or analyzing the DNA, of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
There are 36 DNA segments – made up of three-letter ‘words’ – that viruses use to make an amino acid known as L-arginine.
L-arginine helps make proteins but is also often used in so-called ‘gain of function’ research, which alters viruses to make them more transmissible and more deadly.
The new virus contains a segment called CGG-CGG, which is considered rare even in experiments in which researchers are trying to manipulate virus.
But even more telling is that this combination has never been found naturally in any other type of coronavirus, including in SARS and MERS, both of which are cousins of the new virus.
‘A virus simply cannot pick up a sequence from another virus if that sequence isn’t present in any other virus,’ Quay and Muller wrote.
‘The CGG-CGG combination has never been found naturally. That means the common method of viruses picking up new skills, called recombination, cannot operate here.’
The first coronavirus cases were recorded in China’s Wuhan province, and Democrats had dismissed the lab-leak theory, with Harris going so far as to say Trump’s comments on the possibility constituted, ‘racist and xenophobic rhetoric against Asian Americans and Asian immigrants directly puts their lives at risk,’ in a June, 2020 tweet.
The theory, however, has gained some renewed attention in recent weeks, when President Joe Biden late last month ordered an intelligence review into the origins of the virus, including the possibility that it emerged from a Chinese lab.
‘I’m a little surprised they would even do it, because it seemed to be fading, and now it’s the biggest subject there is in America today and probably throughout the world,’ Trump said.
He said he has some theories as to why his claims were dismissed outright.
‘They love to cancel out certain people,’ Trump said of his critics. ‘I guess I’d be at the top of the list, but certainly when I mentioned Wuhan, they tried to play it down, and then they try and take credit for it later.’
‘The Democrats fought it all the way I don’t know why,’ he later added. ‘It doesn’t make them look better or worse if it was Wuhan or somewhere else, but they fought it, maybe because that’s what I thought.’
In addition to the intelligence review, it recently emerged that a government laboratory in California concluded in May 2020 that COVID-19 may have escaped from a facility in Wuhan, and recommended further investigation.
Scientists at the the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, near Berkeley, analyzed the genetic makeup of the virus to try to understand how it evolved.
They passed their May 27, 2020 findings on to the State Department in October. The five-month delay was not explained.
On January 15 the State Department published a fact sheet about COVID-19, which said that ‘circumstantial’ evidence suggested a lab leak theory was possible.
The secret document the California lab produced was not known about until June 14, when The Wall Street Journal reported on its existence.
People familiar with the Lawrence Livermore study said that it was prepared by their ‘Z Division,’ which is its intelligence arm.
The California lab has not confirmed the contents of their report, which remains secret.
Renewed attention has been paid to the theory the the coronvirus emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (pictured above) after President Joe Biden ordered and intelligence review into the origins of the virus, including the possibility that it leaked from a lab
If proven, Trump said the leak was likely accidental, but said China should pay
Trump was slammed by Democrats for pushing the theory, including by Kamala Harris, who before becoming vice president said it constituted, ‘xenophobic rhetoric’ against Asian Americans
Chinese scientist ‘filed a patent for a vaccine BEFORE virus was declared a pandemic’
A Chinese military scientist with ties to the United States reportedly filed a patent for a COVID-19 vaccine well before the disease was declared a global pandemic.
Yusen Zhou, who worked for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), lodged the paperwork on behalf of the Chinese political party on February 24 2020, according to The Australian newspaper.
That date was just five weeks after China first confirmed human transmission of the coronavirus.
Zhou is also said to have ‘worked closely’ with scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), including Shi Zhengli – the deputy director of the lab who is famous for her research on coronavirus in bats.
Zhou mysteriously died less than three months after he filed the patent. The New York Post claims his death was only reported in one Chinese media report, despite the fact he was one of the country’s most prominent scientists.
Zhou had previously worked on research linked to the US institutions, including the University of Minnesota and the New York Blood Center, the newspaper reported.
Even if definitive evidence does emerge that the virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute, Trump said he believes it was likely accidental, but consequences should follow.
‘Ideally we have to make China pay, something has to happen, what they’ve done is a terrible thing,’ he said. ‘I do believe it was probably accidental but there are those that say maybe it wasn’t.’
Dr. Marty Makary a professor at the John’s Hopkins School of Medicine, who spoke on the show said accidents do happen even at some of the world’s most prestigious labs.
‘Lab accidents are common. I saw it at Harvard, at Hopkins, at all kinds of institutions that I was at that had good reputations . Lab accidents happen everywhere,’ he said.
‘And if they’re happening at Harvard, they’re happening at the Wuhan virology institute.’
Trump is doubtful, however, that definitive proof that the virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute will be found, saying that the opportunity to find it has likely passed.
‘I’m not hopeful for a conclusion because at this point I think China has gotten rid of the evidence,’ he said.
He turned his attention to the World Health Organization (WHO), which he said had missed its opportunity to property investigate the origins of the virus.
‘They’ve become a spokesman for China,’ he said of the organization. ‘They never looked where they should have looked and when they should have looked because initially was the time to catch whatever it may have been … in terms of the evidence to get.’
The WHO sent a team to the Wuhan lab in late January, but the investigators were only allowed in for three hours, and were not granted access to all the documentation they required.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the WHO, said their visit was inconclusive and upbraided China for being uncooperative.
ORIGINS OF COVID-19: THE THEORIES
US state officials have given momentum to the idea that COVID-19 either leaked from a lab or was man-made by China as some kind of weapon against humanity.
A Wuhan wet market was first thought to be the breeding ground of the virus, where the selling of live, wild animals would have given the perfect opportunity for it to naturally spread between species.
It is thought the virus first developed in bats before passing on to a creature such as a pangolin that then came into contact with humans and transmitted the virus.
Once it entered humans, the coronavirus is likely to have mutated to survive and then escalated out of control as a result of an unprepared population.
There are also theories that the virus was genetically engineered by scientists, or that it has actually been around for years and even killed people in the past.
Two high security laboratories in the city – the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and the Wuhan Institute of Virology – have been the subject of many conspiracy theories.
President Donald Trump claims he has seen evidence the virus, which he solely blames China for, came from Wuhan Institute of Virology – but he is not allowed to reveal it.
The Institute has denied the claims from the early days of the outbreak.
In April, Trump said: ‘We are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation that happened.’
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, claimed in May there is ‘enormous evidence’ the coronavirus outbreak originated in a Chinese laboratory – but failed to provide any of the alleged evidence.
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