Former President TrumpDonald TrumpChris Wallace: Backlash on ‘Highly Political’ ‘So Interesting’ Fauci Emails: Trump Introduced the Idea of Running to House, Becoming President Erik Prince Involved in Promoting the Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine: Report Saturday called on China to pay “reparations” for its role in the coronavirus pandemic amid renewed debate over its origins.
Speaking at the GOP state convention in North Carolina, Trump said “the time has come” for the world to hold China accountable for its role in the pandemic.
“The time has come for America and the world to demand reparations and accountability from the Chinese Communist Party,” Trump said to applause. “China has to pay, it has to pay.”
The comment comes as the theory that COVID-19 originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China is attracting renewed attention after being previously dismissed.
The World Health Organization released a report earlier this year dismissing the theory of laboratory leaks as “extremely unlikely.”
The Wall Street Journal reported last month that scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology became so ill with COVID-19-like symptoms that they had to be hospitalized in November 2019, rekindling interest in the theory. laboratory leaks.
Antoine FauciAnthony FauciChris Wallace: Backlash on “Highly Political” Fauci Emails Overnight Health Care: Biden “Very Confident” in Fauci Amid Conservative Attacks | House Dems Presses Biden on Global Vaccinations | CDC Director urges parents to vaccinate teens Biggest revelations from Fauci PLUS inbox, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, told the Financial Times in an interview published friday that he wanted to see the files of scientists who would have fallen ill.
“I would like to see the medical records of the three people who allegedly fell ill in 2019,” Fauci told the outlet. “Did they really get sick, and if so, what did they get sick with? “
President BidenJoe Biden Biparty lawmakers press Biden to ‘immediately’ evacuate Afghans who aided US forces Chris Wallace: backlash over Fauci emails ‘Highly political’ Democrats demand justification, GOP shouts hunt witches as McGahn finally testifies MORE At the end of last month, the intelligence community ordered to “redouble efforts” to reach a definitive conclusion on the origins of the virus and to report within 90 days.
Trump, who was among the first to blame a lab leak for the virus, issued a statement last month claiming justification for the assertion, and doubled down on its use of anti-Chinese rhetoric. However, he never produced any evidence.
Trump said on Saturday that the nations of the world should “work together to present China with a bill of at least $ 10 trillion to compensate for the damage they have caused.”
“The damage is much, much more than that,” Trump continued. “As a first step, all countries should collectively cancel any debt they owe China as a down payment on reparations. ”