Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday. Since the hearing came on the heels of an intelligence report on Wuhan Virology Institute falling ill in November 2019, much of the discussion surrounded COVID-19 origins.
Fauci has previously testified that the Wuhan lab did not receive any U.S. government funds towards their gain-of-function research. But, Kennedy pressed Fauci further. “How do you know the Wuhan lab didn’t lie to you and use U.S. grant money to conduct gain-of-function virus research anyway?” Kennedy asked the NIAID director. At first, Fauci responded that the lab published their research.
“There’s no way of guaranteeing that,” Fauci said. Yet, he claimed the scientists in that lab were “trustworthy.”
“I cannot guarantee that a grantee has never lied to us because you never know,” Fauci ended.
“Can we agree,” Kennedy retorted, “that if you took President Xi Jinping and turned him upside and shook him, the World Health Organization would fall out of his pocket?”
“I don’t think I can answer that, sir,” Fauci replied while laughing.
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Border Patrol Council President concerned over ‘influx’ of military-aged Chinese men crossing the southern border
According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol data Border Patrol agents detained over 30,000 Chinese individuals for illegally crossing the border from January to November 2023, sparking concern.
Just The News reports that National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd on Wednesday said the United States should be incredibly concerned by the influx of military-aged Chinese men coming across the southern border.
“Why are we seeing this influx?” Judd asked on the “Just the News, No Noise” TV show. “At best, they’re just coming here for a better life or for a better job. At worse, they’re coming here to be part of the Chinese government, and that’s what scares me an awful lot.”
“We know that the Chinese have huge gangs here in the United States, and they control certain parts of our country,” he later said. “They control the drug flow. They control the prostitution. They control everything that’s illegal in certain portions of the country. We have to look into that. It’s very important that we understand why we are having so many people from China, especially military-aged men, from China.”
“I don’t want to cause mass hysteria where United States citizens are violent towards people from China,” Judd said. “However, we have to … allow the intelligence community to do their job. We’ve got to let law enforcement do their job and look into these individuals.”
Many Chinese immigrants are leaving due to economic conditions in China and its strict lockdowns, Yahoo News reported.
“Again, at best, they’re here for a better life,” Judd said. “At worst, they’re here to be part of the Chinese government to infiltrate our own country.”
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