Former President Donald Trump reacted to reading Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails by saying: “the Country is fortunate that I didn’t do what Dr. Fauci wanted me to do.” Trump issued his reaction in a statement on Thursday. The emails were released via Freedom of Information Act request by several news outlets.
“For instance, I closed our borders to China very early despite his not wanting them closed,” Trump wrote. Then, Fauci predicted a vaccine wouldn’t be ready for several years, but Trump “got it done in less than 9 months with Operation Warp Speed.” Next, “we ordered billions of dollars’ worth of vaccines before we knew it even worked.” As a result, “the shot has now saved the world and millions of lives!” Trump wrote.
Fauci and Trump even clashed on mask policies, he said. “Dr. Fauci was totally against masks,” Trump wrote. But then, he “became a radical masker!”
All of Trump’s history with Fauci combined with the released emails, left Trump asking: “What did Fauci know about ‘gain of function’ research, and when did he know about it?”
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The Biden administration will be lifting sanctions on a Chinese government ministry, in exchange for bolstering anti-drug trafficking measures, Bloomberg reported. “We’re hoping to see some progress on that issue this coming week,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Monday, according to the New York Post. “That could then open the door to further cooperation on other issues where we aren’t just managing things, but we’re actually delivering tangible results.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation noted that should a deal materialize, it will be at least the third time that China has promised to get tough on fentanyl. In 2016, China agreed to increase counter-narcotics operations, and Xi again agreed to launch a crackdown in 2018. Nonetheless, China and Mexico are “the primary source countries for fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked directly into the United States,” according to a 2020 DEA intelligence report.
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President Joe Biden and Xi are meeting for the first time in over a year during this week’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco. Sources familiar with the situation told Bloomberg that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will crack down on Chinese companies manufacturing chemical precursors for fentanyl in exchange for the U.S. lifting sanctions on the Ministry of Public Security’s Institute of Forensic Science, which the Commerce Department added to the Entity List in 2020 for “engaging in human rights violations and abuses” in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
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