Donald Trump: 'Dr. Fauci Likes To Say That He Is Science, When In Fact He Is Merely Science Fiction'

Former President Donald Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House.
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In a statement released Thursday, former President Donald Trump took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Touting his decision to ban travel to and from China amid the coronavirus pandemic, Trump blasted Fauci for dismissing the so-called lab leak theory.

According to that theory, which was initially pushed by right-wing lawmakers and activists, COVID-19 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Fauci and other experts maintain that the virus originated in nature and jumped species. 

Investigate China, Trump Says 

As Newsmax host Benny Johnson reported via Twitter, Trump said in his statement that the World Health Organization (WHO) needs to launch a new investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

"It is now unanimous, and I have been proven right (once again) that the initial World Health Organization Report on the Wuhan Lab was flawed and must be redone, this time by a truly transparent investigation," the former president stated.

"We were right about the China Virus from the beginning, and now the entire world sees it," he added.

Trump Claims China Must Pay Reparations 

Describing the coronavirus pandemic as "the worst event" ever, Trump said that China should pay reparations to the rest of the world.

He argued that "the Chinese Communist Party should pay $10 Trillion in global reparations for what they allowed to happen, the worst event in world history,."

As Business Insider reported, Trump first floated the idea of China paying reparations last Saturday.

In a fiery speech, the former president  said that countries that owe money to China should cancel their debts as "down payment" on reparations and demanded money from official Beijing.

Trump Blasts Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks at a press conference.
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Trump noted in his statement that experts, including Fauci, are being proven wrong, and those who espoused the lab leak theory are being proven right.

"Even here in the United States, the so-called experts like Dr. Fauci were wrong about the Wuhan Lab and China’s role the entire time," the former commander-in-chief said.

"Just think how bad things would have gotten if I followed Dr. Fauci’s advice and never closed down travel from China (and other things)?" he asked.

"Dr. Fauci likes to say that he is 'science,' when in fact he is merely science fiction!"

Fauci Has Faced Criticism 

Republican lawmakers have criticized Fauci for dismissing the possibility that COVID-19 leaked from a lab. The nation's top infectious diseases expert pushed back against criticism on Wednesday, claiming that those who attack him are actually attacking science as a concept.

According to Nature, most scientists believe COVID-19 has a natural origin, but the theory that it leaked from a lab has not been entirely ruled out. Along with the U.S., Australia, the European Union and Japan have called for an investigation into the origins of the virus.