by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 10, 2021) — In response to Joe Biden’s first overseas trip, where he addressed U.S. troops in the UK Wednesday and will be meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on June 16, 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump in a public statement implored Biden not to “fall asleep” during the meeting, further quipping, “please give him my warmest regards!”
Recounting his July 2018 encounter, Trump wrote, “As President, I had a great and very productive meeting in Helsinki, Finland, with President Putin of Russia. Despite the belated Fake News portrayal of the meeting, the United States won much, including the respect of President Putin and Russia…”
Trump further claimed he was able to “overcome” the “disadvantage” he saw as having arisen from allegations that his 2016 campaign “colluded” with the Russian government to engineer an election win over Democrat Hillary Clinton. “Because of the phony Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax, made-up and paid for by the Democrats and Crooked Hillary Clinton, the United States was put at a disadvantage—a disadvantage that was nevertheless overcome by me,” he opined.
During the 2016 election season, the Clinton campaign, along with the DNC, hired former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to collect opposition research on Trump focusing on the “Russia-collusion” narrative. An avowed Trump opponent, Steele compiled a “dossier” from questionable sources which was circulated within the U.S. intelligence community and became the foundation of the Trump-Russia allegations which eventually proved to be unsubstantiated.
In May 2017, at the behest of then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, an investigation was launched into the allegations, which were promulgated by various government actors, including some members of Congress. To that end, Rosenstein hired former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel with a staff of 17+ attorneys, many of whom had represented Democrat politicians or contributed financially to Democrat campaigns.
Trump had objected to Mueller’s appointment, citing a previous business dealing which he said rendered Mueller conflicted in his role, and referred to the investigation as a “hoax.”
Mueller’s work ultimately uncovered no evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign had improperly coordinated with Russia. On a later “obstruction of justice” accusation from the FBI, Mueller’s team reached no conclusion.
In May 2019, then-U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr appointed then-U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham to investigate the origins of the “Russia-collusion” narrative.
While Durham is reportedly continuing his investigation as a Barr-designated “special counsel,” no arrests appear to have been made outside of one former FBI attorney, Kevin Clinesmith, who pleaded “guilty” to altering an email which was included in an evidence package used to obtain FISA warrants to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign personnel.
As punishment, Clinesmith received a year of probation and 400 hours of community service.
At least two Trump campaign associates, Michael Caputo and Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (Ret), lost their homes and other assets as a result of the Mueller investigation. Others felt compelled to resignfrom positions within the administration.
During the course of the “Russia” investigation, former FBI Director James Comey, who Trump initially retained after he took office, emerged as bitterly opposed to the presidency of the former businessman, as did former CIA Director John Brennan. Likewise, Barack Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, suggested on national television that the Trump campaign’s alleged “approaches to the Russians” caused the U.S. intelligence community to be “concerned,” yet no evidence was uncovered to support Clapper’s statement.
The “accountability” for the false allegations which clouded Trump’s first two years in office has not yet materialized, as Trump noted in his initial comment Thursday:
Now that I have been totally exonerated on the Mueller Witch Hunt with a charge of No Collusion, I have often wondered, if a fake investigation is illegally started based on information provided and paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign, shouldn’t they be held accountable? Not to mention, wasting tens of millions of taxpayer dollars and interfering with years of a presidential administration? I fought the made-up Hoax strongly and effectively, and I won.
Then they fabricated, out of thin air, the fake allegation that I obstructed justice, and I won that too. Think of it, how can you obstruct justice when you were fighting a false and illegally submitted narrative?
This week I have been totally exonerated by the Inspector General in the clearing of Lafayette Park, despite earlier reports that it was done for political purposes.
And I have also been totally exonerated in Congress by the testimony of former White House lawyer Don McGahn. It came, it went, and it was a big “nothingburger.”
But fear not, the Radical Left, country destroying, illegal Witch Hunts continue, and I will win those too!
Trump closed his last remark with, “Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin—don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards!”
Approximately six hours prior on Thursday, Trump commented on the public and private stances taken by NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose now-released emails appear to show he was aware that the COVID-19 virus could have originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a theory Fauci previously denied as well as his agency’s funding of “gain-of-function” (GOF) research at the Wuhan lab.
According to the Children’s Health Defense website on May 28:
As reported in several previous articles, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) — a division of the National Institute of Health (NIH) headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci since 1984 — has, for years, provided grants to the EcoHealth Alliance and others to conduct gain-of-function research on coronaviruses.
EcoHealth Alliance, in turn, farmed out some of this research to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), from whence SARS-CoV-2 appears to have emerged. In a May 11, 2021, Senate hearing, Sen. Rand Paul questioned Fauci on the NIAID’s funding of GOF research on bat coronaviruses, some of which was conducted at the WIV.
Fauci denied the charge, saying “The NIH has not ever, and does not now, fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute.” It’s a curious denial, considering the NIH’s funding of such research has been thoroughly documented and can be easily double-checked.
On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported on a California-based study which found that the theory of COVID-19 emanating from the Wuhan lab “is plausible and deserves further investigation.”
“The study was prepared in May 2020 by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and was referred to by the State Department when it conducted an inquiry into the pandemic’s origins during the final months of the Trump administration, the WSJ report https://on.wsj.com/3pw8T5F said,” Reuters reported.
On March 30, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) admitted that its probe of the origins of the coronavirus “was not extensive enough.”
“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,” Trump wrote. “We were right about the China Virus from the beginning, and now the entire world sees it. This is why the Chinese Communist Party should pay $10 Trillion in global reparations for what they allowed to happen, the worst event in world history.”
Moving to Fauci, Trump continued, “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. 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)? Dr. Fauci likes to say that he is ‘science,’ when in fact he is merely science fiction!”
On Wednesday, Fauci decried his growing number of critics’ “attacks on science,” claiming he “followed the science” in making decisions and judgments throughout the pandemic.
On May 5, 2020, in an article titled, “Anthony Fauci just crushed Donald Trump’s theory on the origins of the coronavirus,” CNN reported:
For weeks now, President Donald Trump has been making the case that the coronavirus originated not in nature but in a lab in Wuhan, China. He said late last week that he had a “high degree of confidence” that was what happened (although he didn’t specify why he felt that way) and on Sunday night in a Fox town hall offered cryptically “something happened.”
Enter Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and perhaps the single most prominent doctor in the world at the moment. In an interview with National Geographic posted on Monday night, Fauci was definitive about the origins of the virus which has sickened more than a million Americans and killed more than 68,000:
“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated … Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species.
“Now, before we play the game of “he said, he said” remember this: Only one of these two people is a world-renowned infectious disease expert. And it’s not Donald Trump.
In short, Fauci’s view on the origins of the disease matters a whole lot more than Trump’s opinion about where it came from. Especially because, outside of Trump and his immediate inner circle, most people in a position to know are very, very skeptical of the Trump narrative that the virus came out of a lab — whether accidentally or on purpose.
On Thursday, Yahoo! News reported, via a Washington Examiner article, a list of items scientists believe must be researched to determine the exact origin of the virus.