Lindsey Graham claims that Chinese scientists will not be honest if doing so will result in their being ‘shot’ or imprisoned.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) isn’t buying what Chinese scientists told a team of researchers during their visit to Wuhan, describing one of the team members, Peter Daszak, as “removed from reality” when it comes to China’s operations.
A assessment by a group of international researchers concluded that a lab leak was the least likely source, albeit it was criticized for depending too largely on information provided by Chinese sources.
Daszak and Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), have publicly defended Chinese scientists, while others, like Graham, have questioned their claims.
“How sophisticated do you have to be to grasp that Chinese scientists aren’t going to say or do anything that will get them dead or imprisoned?” Graham said on the Brian Kilmeade Show, a radio show hosted by Fox News anchor Brian Kilmeade.
Researchers from the World Health Organization and China met with experts from the Wuhan Institute of Virology during their visit to Wuhan as part of a joint mission.
Researchers asked Chinese scientists if they audited the lab after the epidemic, and they said yes, Daszak told Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes. They also inquired if anything had been discovered, to which the Chinese experts replied that nothing had been discovered and that they had tested their employees.
“What more can we do?” Daszak responded when Stahl pressed that the team was just “taking their word for it.” He defended the crew for pushing themselves “straight up to” their limits and for asking “difficult” questions that weren’t pre-vetted.
Stahl was alarmed by his statement that there were staff people from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the room throughout their stay. While Daszak claimed they were there to ensure “everything went properly,” Stahl questioned whether they were there to ensure scientists weren’t “telling you the complete truth and nothing but the truth.”
“You sit in a room with experts, and you understand the difference between a scientific and a political remark. Daszak stated, “We had no trouble discriminating between the two.”
Daszak was described by Graham as “removed from reality.” This is a brief summary.