President Donald Trump’s move to defund the globalist World Health Organization (WHO) should be just the beginning of a shift in national priorities, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said.
The Republican lawmaker called for the U.S. to stop funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the Chinese lab where the coronavirus may have originated, Fox News reported.
Wuhan lab under scrutiny
There is growing speculation that the coronavirus originated with an accident at the Wuhan laboratory, which is located just miles from a wet market that has also been seen as a prime suspect. As Carlson noted at the outset of the interview, the United States warned China about poor safety standards at the laboratory in 2018.
According to a jaw-dropping report from The Washington Post, the State Department warned of the possibility of the lab’s research into bats causing a “new SARS-like pandemic” two years before the coronavirus ravaged the globe. If it can be believed, though, the United States has funded animal research at the lab through the National Institutes of Health.
The United States provided a $3.7 million research grant to the laboratory to study coronaviruses in bats, according to a report from the U.K. Daily Mail on Sunday, and the National Institutes of Health “continues to license the laboratory to receive American money for experiments.”
Gaetz: America last, or America first?
Gaetz told Carlson that the spending, which he said is still active, is just another example of an “America Last” mentality that is crippling America and needs to stop immediately. He is calling on Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to cut the funding.
“What’s really troubling to me is either conspicuously or miraculously the Wuhan Institute of Virology is able to sequence the virus on January 2 but China doesn’t admit to the virus existing until January 9 and then the Wuhan Institute of Virology doesn’t release this important scientific information to the world until January 12,” Gaetz said in an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday.
“So at best, Americans are funding people who are lying to us and at worst, we’re funding people who we knew had problems handling pathogens, who then birthed a monster virus onto the world,” he added.
A chance for liberation
Gaetz said that cutting funding to the lab would be a positive add-on to Trump’s decision this week to cut off funding to the WHO, which has been suspected of helping China cover up the outbreak. The Republican said that America needs to stop being the “patsy” of “globalist” organizations that work against America’s interest.
“I believe that Secretary Azar can do it with the stroke of a pen, and certainly it is consistent with the fantastic news that President Trump gave us today that the United States is no longer going to be a patsy for these America last organizations like the W.H.O. and the W.T.O,” he said. “We have been taken advantage of in those globalist infrastructures for far too long under both Republicans and Democrats. President Trump gives us the chance to liberate ourselves from this and to put our people, our health and our economy first.”
According to a new report from Fox News, American officials have “increasing confidence” that the virus originated in the Wuhan laboratory, although there is no definitive evidence. Sources told Fox that bats were never sold at the Wuhan wet market that has long been seen as a potential origin point, and that China may have blamed the market as a distraction.
“What we do know is we know that this virus originated in Wuhan, China. We know there is the Wuhan Institute of Virology just a handful of miles away from where the wet market was,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Fox News’ “The Story” Wednesday.