Chinanews, July 22, comprehensive report, the United States Congress held a hearing on the tracing of the new crown epidemic on the 20th, and the Republican Senator Paul of Kentucky hyped "The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Wuhan to conduct a'function acquisition study'". The remarks and set a language trap for Fauci, the chief medical adviser of the Biden administration, alluding to Fauci's previous "statement of denying funding for research" as lying.
Fauci fought back hard, reprimanding Paul, "You don't even know what you are talking about."
Data map: Fauci, an American expert in infectious diseases.
Paul has been hype about the "Wuhan Laboratory Leakage Theory" of the new crown virus for a long time.
In May 2021, he claimed in a congressional hearing that the Wuhan Institute of Virology and American virologists cooperated in research on "manufacturing a super virus", which was refuted by Fauci on the spot.
Fauci recently reiterated that there is no scientific evidence for the "laboratory leak theory" of the new coronavirus, and the "most likely" source of the new coronavirus is in nature.
According to Paul, the so-called "function gain research" refers to "any research project that can reasonably be expected to confer attributes to influenza, Middle East respiratory syndrome, or SARS virus, and to enhance its pathogenicity or transmission." Implying that the new crown virus "may come from a Chinese laboratory."
At the hearing on July 20, Paul continued to hype this statement and questioned Fauci: "You should know that lying to Congress is a crime, so do you want to withdraw the claim that you never funded Wuhan on May 11? The'functional gain study' statement?"
The analysis pointed out that Paul's question is a "language trap". If Fauci only answers the "retract" or "not retracted" statement, it can be interpreted as tacitly lie to Congress.
In this regard, Fauci replied: "Senator Paul, I have never lied before Congress, and I will not retract my statement." Fauci said: "After the judgement of qualified staff, this research It's not a'function gain study'."
However, Paul frequently interrupted Fauci's speech and began to play tricks. Not only did he forcibly call a study on animal viruses conducted by the Wuhan Institute of Virology as a "function gain study", he also asserted in a strong tone that Fauci was "evading" problem".
Fauci retorted: "To be frank, you don't know what you are talking about. I will say it formally now, you don't know what you are talking about." Fauci rebuked Paul: "What I am preaching to you Lies are extremely disgusting. If anyone is lying here, it is also you, Mr. Senator."
In the eyes of many Americans, there is a sharp contrast between Paul, who is a manipulator, and Fauci, who is seeking truth from facts. Some netizens bluntly said that "Anyone who has observed Fauci should be able to tell who is telling the truth."
"Washington Post" analysis pointed out that this conversation between Fauci and Paul is a term that is not usually used in the Senate.
As Paul continued to criticize Fauci in congressional hearings, Fauci is also giving more and more powerful defenses.
According to the report, since the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, Fauci has been a target of right-wing politicians in the United States. Conservatives have called for his dismissal and a criminal investigation of his actions.
For more than a year, Paul continued to portray himself as the chief "Fauci Skeptic" of the Senate, and his attacks became increasingly personal.
In the face of unreasonable accusations, Fauci has always been strongly opposed, retorting that Paul's absurd remarks are "completely, completely, and completely incorrect."