Trump claps back at reporter who asked why U.S. gave China disease research grant

Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Admiral Brett Giroir, lead coordinator for Coronavirus testing, joins President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, and members of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce as he addresses his remarks at a coronavirus update briefing Monday, March 16, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

(USA Features) President Donald Trump clapped back at a question from a reporter during his Saturday coronavirus press conference who asked why the U.S. would give millions in grant money to China to research diseases.

“Why would the U.S. Give a grant to China?” political strategist Caleb Hull wrote on Twitter along with a video of the exchange. “TRUMP: “When did you hear the grant was made?” REPORTER: “2015.” TRUMP: “Who is president then, I wonder?”

Earlier reports last week noted that the Chinese lab at now at the center of the COVID-19 pandemic controversy was provided $3.7 million in funding by the U.S. government during the Obama administration.

The tax money was given to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to experiment on captured mammals.

A Fox News exclusive report last week noted that the coronavirus outbreak likely originated in that Wuhan lab, though not as part of a bioweapon program but as an attempt from China to match the capability of the U.S. to identify and combat viruses.

This may be the “costliest government cover-up of all time,” a source said regarding the development.

Part of the U.S. investigation is a focus on open source and classified data which has led investigators to work in the lab of Dr. Shi Zhengli, who was attempting to develop antivirals and immunizations against coronaviruses, working with bats, in particular.

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