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In rare public outing, Trump denounces Fauci, China;
dangles 2024 prospects
Trump called Fauci "not a great doctor but a great promoter" for his frequent television appearances
Former President Donald Trump late on Saturday sharply attacked US, infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci
over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, demanded reparations from China, and denounced an
investigation into his finances in a speech in North Carolina.
Speaking in Greenville, North Carolina, at the state’s Republican Party convention, Trump joined a chorus of
Republican politicians who are criticizing Fauci for asking Americans to wear masks to guard against the virus and
who at times has been skeptical of a theory that the virus escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
Trump called Fauci “not a great doctor but a great promoter” for his frequent television appearances. “But he’s
been wrong on almost every issue and he was wrong on Wuhan and the lab also,” Trump said.
The origin of the virus remains hotly contested and remains under study by US intelligence agencies.
Trump’s own handling of the pandemic, in which nearly 600,000 people in the United States have died and he
himself was infected, was a factor in his loss to Democratic President Joe Biden in the November 2020 election.
Trump called on China to pay $10 trillion in reparations to the United States and the world for its own handling of
the virus, and he said nations should cancel their debt to Beijing.
Trump’s appearance had all the hallmarks of his signature campaign rallies complete with a musical playlist heavy
on Elton John standards.
North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley introduced Trump as “our president,” a nod to the
former president’s baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him through voter fraud, which Trump
called “the crime of the century.”