Fauci calls Sen. Marshall ‘moron’ off mic after heated exchange
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIBW) - After a heated exchange over the Coronavirus response, Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy & Infection Diseases Director was heard off-mic uttering his displeasure with U.S. Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS).
The exchange, which happened during a Senate Health Committee hearing was broadcasted on CSPAN-3. An open mic caught Dr. Fauci muttering “what a moron,” and followed with “Jesus Christ” following the conclusion of Marshall’s time.
According to Mediaite, the tense moments came after Dr. Marshall pressed Dr. Fauci to submit past and current investments.
Later Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Roger Marshall office issued a formal response to the exchange with Fauci.
“I understand that Anthony Fauci had a very frustrating day: having a bombshell report show he in fact did award U.S. tax dollars for gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and being called out about his personal financial disclosure during the COVID pandemic NOT being publically [sic] available must be very frustrating. Calling me a moron during a Senate hearing may have alleviated the stress of the least trusted bureaucrat in America, but it didn’t take away from the facts,” said Senator Marshall.
Marshall said Fauci was “distraught” by his line of questioning, which included questions about what Marshall called Fauci’s “plummeting approval ratings” and his “involvement in funding gain-of-function-research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
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