Trump advisor Peter Navarro went on a wild rant on Fox News, calling Fauci the 'father' of the coronavirus
- Ex-trade advisor Peter Navarro spread baseless claims about the coronavirus on Fox News Tuesday.
- He called Dr. Fauci “the father of the virus” in response to Fauci praising the COVID-19 vaccine.
- He also said Trump should get more credit for the vaccine.
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Former White House trade advisor Peter Navarro delivered a wild rant on Fox News, in which he called Dr. Anthony Fauci “the father of the virus.”
Navarro, who served as a trade advisor in President Donald Trump’s White House, was asked by Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy for his thoughts on Fauci’s saying that the decision to start trying to make a coronavirus vaccine in January 2020 “may have been the best decision that I’ve ever made.”
Navarro responded: “Fauci is a sociopath and a liar. He had nothing to do with the vaccine. The father of the vaccine is Donald J. Trump.”
“What is Fauci the father of?” he continued. “Fauci is the father of the actual virus.”
He then repeated a baseless claim that the coronavirus came from a lab in Wuhan, China, and that Fauci had helped fund that lab.
None of his claims were challenged by Campos-Duffy on air.
Trump has repeatedly complained that he isn’t getting credit for vaccine creation and distribution.
President Joe Biden’s White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, has repeatedly refused to give Trump for the vaccine development and rollout that took place during his presidency, and instead called it a “Herculean incredible effort by science and by medical experts.”
She also noted that, at the start of Biden’s presidency, there were shortages of vaccines, vaccinators, and vaccination locations.
Trump said earlier this month that he had ignored advice from Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about how to handle the pandemic.
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