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Trump: ‘China Should Pay Ten Trillion Dollars’ for Death and Destruction Caused by COVID

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New information seems to vindicate former President Donald Trump’s assertion that COVID-19 leaked from a Chinese lab despite official denials at the time — and now he wants China to pay.

A cache of emails released through a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that Dr. Anthony Fauci was aware that the novel coronavirus may have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology and that scientists were suspicious that it had earmarks of being engineered.

The lab was partially funded by U.S. taxpayers with the National Institutes of Health funneling $3.4 million between 2014 and 2019 to study coronaviruses in bats and possibly conducting gain-of-function research on the pathogen.

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In February 2020, Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director who became the lead spokesman for all things COVID-19, reached out to a colleague at the NIAID for reassurances about the possible origins of the emerging virus, the New York Postreported Thursday.

“Hugh: It is essential that we speak this AM,” Fauci wrote to his top deputy, Hugh Auchincloss. “Keep your cell phone on … Read this paper as well as the e-mail that I will forward to you now. You will have tasks today that must be done.”

The paper he sent over, titled “A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence,” was the result of 2014 WIV gain-of-function research, though Auchincloss reassured Fauci it was from before the “pause” was placed on it.

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But even if his initial panic over the virus’ origins were not correct, Fauci was told that same month that some features of the gene sequencing led scientists to believe it “(potentially look[ed] engineered.”

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