Rudy Giuliani Slammed Dr. Fauci Over His Agency's $3.7 Million Grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke to John Catsimatidis on his radio show “The Cats Roundtable” on Sunday morning.

Rudy Giuliani criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, the long-time Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), for his involvement in the agency’s grant of $3.7 million to the “EcoHealth Alliance to study the risk of future coronavirus (CoV) emergence from wildlife using in-depth field investigations across the human-wildlife interface in China in wet markets.”

About ten days ago, Fox News’ Bret Baier reported the stunning news that officials have “increasingly high confidence” the COVID-19 pandemic originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a Level 4 biological testing lab located in Wuhan, China.

Baier told Sean Hannity that his sources believe the virus was accidentally transferred from a bat to an intern working at the lab (patient zero) who unknowingly began spreading the virus into the population of Wuhan.

Here’s what Rudy had to say about the grant:

Back in 2014, the Obama administration prohibited the U.S. from giving money to any laboratory, including in the U.S., that was fooling around with these viruses. Prohibited! Despite that, Dr. Fauci gave $3.7 million to the Wuhan laboratory — even after the State Department issued reports about how unsafe that laboratory was, and how suspicious they were in the way they were developing a virus that could be transmitted to humans.

We never pulled that money. Something here is going on, John. I don’t want to make any accusations. But there was more knowledge about what was going on in China with our scientific people than they disclosed to us when this first came out. Just think of it: If this laboratory turns out to be the place where the virus came from, then we paid for it. We paid for the damn virus that’s killing us.


Giuliani said that if he were a U.S. attorney today, “I’d open an investigation into the Wuhan laboratory. And I’d want to know what did we know? How much did we know about how bad the practices were there? Who knew about it? And who sent them money anyway? And that person would sure as heck be in front of a grand jury trying to explain to me — what are you asleep?”

At a White House briefing, President Trump was asked about this grant that was initiated in 2014. His response? “Who was president then, I wonder?”



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