Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday, April 17, said that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the lab at the epicenter of the CCP Virus (coronavirus) outbreak in China.
“Today @NIH confirmed to me 76,000 US taxpayer dollars in FY2019 went to one of the Chinese virology labs in Wuhan at the center of the #CoronavirusOutbreak,” Cruz tweeted.
Add this deeply troubling grant transfer to the growing list of reasons why the U.S. needs to rethink its approach to China. China is our greatest geopolitical threat. We need to start acting like it.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 18, 2020
“Add this deeply troubling grant transfer to the growing list of reasons why the U.S. needs to rethink its approach to China. China is our greatest geopolitical threat. We need to start acting like it,” he added. “The administration should immediately halt U.S. taxpayer funds from going to these Chinese virology labs.”
Cruz’s comments came after a recent report indicating that the U.S. government sent millions of dollars in grant-funding research conducted at the Wuhan labs in recent years.
According to public documents compiled by the White Coat Waste Project and obtained by Fox News, the NIH funded $7.1 million for research projects including $3.7 million for research on bat coronavirus and $3.4 million for project involving injecting viruses into mice brains. The Wuhan Institute of Virology has participated in these projects in collaboration with U.S. institutions.
“The U.S. government’s spending spree that we’ve exposed at the notorious Wuhan Institute of Virology is outrageous and unacceptable,” Justin Goodman, the White Coat Waste Project’s vice president for advocacy and public policy told the network.
“Taxpayers should never be forced to bankroll China’s hazardous bio-agent experiments, which put human life around the world gravely at risk. We’ll continue to work with our advocates and Congress to put an end to this egregious misuse of Americans’ tax dollars,” he said.
During the White House press conference on Friday, President Donald Trump was asked about the NIH grant of $3.7 million to the Wuhan virology lab, during the Obama administration in 2015, saying that he will end it “very quickly.”
“We’ve instructed that if any grants are going to that area, we are looking at it literally an hour ago, and also early in the morning, we will end that grant very quickly,” President Trump said.
“Who was president then, I wonder?” he added.