Senator Rand Paul spoke on Fox and Friends on Thursday about Fauci’s role in funding gain of function research in the Wuhan Lab, where the coronavirus potentially originated from. During the interview Paul pointed out that Dr. Shi Zhengli, the Wuhan-based virologist who was studying the coronavirus in animals, specifically thanks Fauci in her published research paper.

“If Fauci was being interviewed by a journalist, they would have asked, Did the NIH, did your specific division of the NIH, give money to the Wuhan lab? That’s incontrovertibly true. What he’s arguing is he’s parsing his words. He knows his group gave money, but he’s saying, ‘Oh, it wasn’t for juicing up these superviruses. We gave it for other research. We have this in black and white from a peer-review journal, she said the funding came from Dr. Fauci’s NIAID, this is Dr. Fauci’s baby for 40 years, she lists him in the credits, he can’t escape this. He did the funding.” – Senator Rand Paul

Rand Paul also questions why the United States is funding research in China when China has the ability to fund its own research.

“China is a rich country and they’re kicking our butt in so many places. Why would we be giving them money for their research? Can’t they spend their own money on their own research?” – Senator Rand Paul

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“Ultimately, here’s the rub. I don’t know whether it came from the lab. Nobody knows whether it came from the lab. But who would be culpable? Dr. Fauci could be culpable for the entire pandemic. So could Dr. Daszak, and so could Dr. Shi. I’m not saying that happened; I don’t know. But you wouldn’t put the people who gave the money to the Wuhan lab in charge of the investigation. That looks like a cover-up.” – Senator Rand Paul