Psaki Praises Fauci after Unearthed Emails: He's an 'Undeniable Asset'
WH press secretary defends Fauci
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended embattled Dr. Anthony Fauci following emails in which he admitted masks don't work and also revealed his cozy relationship with Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director George Gao.
Fauci also faced fire from Republicans for initially dismissing that Covid-19 could have originated in a lab, later admitting it.
Last week, Fauci admitted the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded the Wuhan lab.
Fauci said the Chinese lab was funded through the EcoHealth Alliance to support “a modest collaboration with very respectable Chinese scientists who were world experts on coronavirus."
"He's been an undeniable asset in our country's pandemic response," Psaki said.
"It's obviously not that advantageous for me to relitigate the substance of emails from 17 months ago."
Psaki also noted Biden had asked the intelligence community to step up efforts to find the origin of the coronavirus.
NOW - Psaki: Biden admin "feel that Dr. Fauci has played an incredible role in getting the pandemic under control."pic.twitter.com/g4Lc5lpO6x— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) June 3, 2021
Fauci's emails were obtained by the Washington Post via a Freedom of Information Act request.
The released emails show that Fauci indeed tried to answer many queries, sometimes hitting “send” well after midnight. And even as Trump ratcheted up attacks on China for not containing the virus after it was first discovered there, Fauci sought to maintain ties with Gao, a well-regarded Chinese scientific leader — and Gao with him.
In one email, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins sent Fauci a link to a Fox News report which mentioned COVID-19 may have originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
But Fauci's response is entirely redacted.
In another email, immunologist Kristian Andersen wrote to Fauci, arguing the virus had "unusual features" that could suggest lab manipulation.
And regarding maks, Fauci wrote:
"Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection."
"The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material."
Sen. Rand Paul had a different stance to Psaki, tweeting, “Told you,” using the hashtag #firefauci
“Can’t wait to see the media try to spin the Fauci FOIA emails,” he added:
Can’t wait to see the media try to spin the Fauci FOIA emails.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 2, 2021