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In rare public outing, Trump denounces Fauci, China; dangles 2024 prospects

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5/5 © Reuters. Former U.S. President Donald Trump points to the media while speaking at the North Carolina GOP convention dinner in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S. June 5, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake 2/5

By Makini Brice

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump on Saturday sharply attacked U.S. 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 U.S. 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."

Trump said a criminal investigation launched by the New York attorney general's office is "the ultimate fishing expedition," and said it was the latest attempt by Democrats to bring him down after two impeachment sagas when he was president.

"It's been a five-year witch hunt, hoax after hoax," said Trump. "They'll never stop until November of 2024."

New York Attorney General Letitia James has been investigating whether the Trump Organization falsely reported property values to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits.

Trump vowed to help Republicans in 2022 congressional elections and endorsed U.S. Representative Ted Budd for a U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina after his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, said she would not run.

He appeared to dangle a possible run himself for president in 2024, saying he was looking forward to that year. Advisers say Trump, who faces a potential indictment in New York over his business dealings, has been discussing the possibility of another presidential campaign.

Trump emerged from seclusion for the Saturday event, the first in a planned series of speaking engagements this summer.

“The survival of America depends upon our ability to elect Republicans at every level, starting with the midterms next year," Trump said.

Lara Trump announced on stage she had considered running for the North Carolina Senate seat but opted not to do so in 2022 in order to care for her young children. But she did not rule out a run in the future.

In rare public outing, Trump denounces Fauci, China; dangles 2024 prospects
 

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Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jun 10, 2021 7:05PM ET
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Lmao all his simps just came
Roger Pruzansky
Roger Pruzansky Jun 06, 2021 11:00PM ET
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where can we get one of those you miss me yet t shirts lol.
robert morris
XcaliberTrading Jun 06, 2021 10:32PM ET
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Trump/DeSantis 2024
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone Jun 06, 2021 10:25PM ET
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The most Successful, Accomplished President in modern history.. and it ain't even close. Trump/Owens 2024.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jun 06, 2021 10:25PM ET
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your definition of "modern history" means 2017-2020, right?
Ad Cline
Ad Cline Jun 06, 2021 12:43PM ET
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I see the Russian trolls and anti American supporters of Trump's fascism are back, spreading lies and paranoia. Trump is a crook, was a crook before he was President, and is still a crook. his capabilities to commit banking fraud, tax fraud, and election fraud, and say it didn't happen or was justified; then have people as well as himself believe it. that is remarkable. there is overwhelming evidence that he is a serial liar, a cheat, coward, and an incompetent political fraud.
Ian RB
Ian RB Jun 06, 2021 12:43PM ET
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Well said. It's disgusting that you could've gone on for another 10,000 words and it would've only been the tip of the iceberg. Too many stupid people who don't look for evidence themselves, they just go with whatever lies he spews. Thank God only 49% of the country were too stupid to open their eyes.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham Jun 06, 2021 12:43PM ET
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I see Racist Ad Cline on here spreading fear and white supremacist propaganda lol
Hung Pham
Hung Pham Jun 06, 2021 12:43PM ET
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Ian RB like you and the rest of racist white liberals lol
Ad Cline
Ad Cline Jun 06, 2021 12:43PM ET
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hung Pham needs to get better grip on the English language. he apparently is confused as to what the words rascism and white supremacy means. his odvious support for ex President Trump and his support for anti-democratic white supremacist militias and the damage done by them to democracy through their inserection at the Capitol, shows he favors the authoritarian motives of the ex President.
Benedict Taravella
Benedict Taravella Jun 06, 2021 11:49AM ET
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Only 15 months ago Trump was a shoo-in for reelection. Then Fauci / CCP  changed World History and the Nation has changed with it. Trumps' shtick seems to be less relevant now, despite being correct on so many issues, like the border, immigration, employment, taxes, education, NATO, oil and mining, etc. Worse yet, the platforms that shun him ,most notably FB (white hairless mole controlled).     History will look at this time as Medieval should we survive as a Country.
Zebra Lo
Zebra Lo Jun 06, 2021 11:49AM ET
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he also stirred up hate and racism etc. his street smart wouldn't be working especially in the political correctness system.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham Jun 06, 2021 11:49AM ET
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Zebra Lo what racism and hate you talking about? You meant all the violent on Asian by Black? Go back to China
Zebra Lo
Zebra Lo Jun 06, 2021 11:49AM ET
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you r a perfect example for what damage he had on Americans. by the way, the Asian hate is not by black, but by people like you.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jun 06, 2021 11:49AM ET
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"Trumps' shtick seems to be less relevant now, despite being correct on so many issues...."  -- he may be right on some of the issues, but for the most part his conduct and behavior ended up hurting more than helping..........a perfect example is the trade dispute with China, yes, it's absolutely correct to take a tough stance with China in trade negotiations, but if you are going to pick a fight with the second largest economy, than clearly it's not wise to also pick a trade fight with EU/Canada/Mexico/UK/South Korea.......by picking fights with everyone, Trump ended up isolating US and got no help, he may think trade wars are easy to win, but clearly he didn't win it.......just think, if US farmers didn't lose so much sales from his trade wars, maybe, just maybe, he wouldn't have lost Wisconsin???
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jun 06, 2021 11:49AM ET
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Things i dont like are ccp
Larry DeAngelis
Larry DeAngelis Jun 06, 2021 8:06AM ET
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"not a great president but a great promoter"
Ominous Owl
Ominous Owl Jun 06, 2021 7:41AM ET
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It surely looks like an emergence of Communistic tendencies in America under Biden. But, its not the Biden himself. Its the people who are leaning to socialistic tendencies. Why? Lack of decline in competence?, Entitled & often ignorant millennials?, rise of the Unions? As a flagbearer for freedom of speech, American founding principles are definitely under attack. The Europeans, Nordic & Canadians snowflakes & cuckolds are infecting America with a mild form of Socialism at first & then full blown Communism next?!  Chinese & Russians are loving these inepts over at Americans. They have no cuckoldry over there.
TheGamingFoxy FoxyGamer
TheGamingFoxy FoxyGamer Jun 06, 2021 7:41AM ET
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agreed !👏
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jun 06, 2021 7:41AM ET
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"It surely looks like an emergence of Communistic tendencies in America under Biden."  -- is that why stock markets are at all time highs, because of these communistic tendencies (whatever that means)?  yeah OK
St Af
St Af Jun 06, 2021 4:36AM ET
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America. The Great Divorce Spectacle.
St Af
St Af Jun 06, 2021 4:27AM ET
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This guy uses more makeup now than what Liberace ever used.hehehehe
Jacob Jones
Jacob Jones Jun 06, 2021 4:27AM ET
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Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Jun 06, 2021 4:27AM ET
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Ok ok, Democrats have some real lookers for politicians as well.
Bill Pulak
Bill Pulak Jun 06, 2021 4:27AM ET
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Only a librard would laugh at their own pathetic joke via a written message? 🤦‍♂️
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jun 06, 2021 4:27AM ET
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Trevor Roberts  "Democrats have some real lookers for politicians as well."  -- yeah, but you can't help with the face you are born with, but surely you can help by not putting orange goo all over your face and thinks it makes you look better?
Limin Tandiono
Limin Tandiono Jun 06, 2021 2:56AM ET
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Whether Republic or Democrat be in charged, they will be fighting each other. At the same time, China will be focusing its internal strenght and marching forward unrelentingly.
Investing Man
Investing Man Jun 06, 2021 2:56AM ET
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No one knows because if you ask and they don't agree China puts them in a labor camp
Sean Livingstone
Sean Livingstone Jun 06, 2021 2:56AM ET
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USA and UK did put Julian assange in jail... We did put Muslims who were suspected of terror, they don't have to commit anything, in guantanamo. We also allow our allies to kill any innocent civilians.. Go figure, killing is legal only for us.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham Jun 06, 2021 2:56AM ET
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Obama the gorilla did
Ad Cline
Ad Cline Jun 06, 2021 2:56AM ET
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hung ...how rascist of you. I see ignorance is bliss for you.
Limin Tandiono
Limin Tandiono Jun 06, 2021 2:56AM ET
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Jailing terrorist is a right thing to do. Every countries does it including US. China does even further and better, put them in camp to re-educate their ideology. But western twist it into political agenda over China in the name of human rights.
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Jun 06, 2021 2:50AM ET
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How is this criminal not yet in jail?
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Investing Man
Investing Man Jun 06, 2021 2:50AM ET
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Amen
Elvis Durant
Elvis Durant Jun 06, 2021 2:50AM ET
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Bull Power paying only $750 in taxes not a crime, huh?
TheGamingFoxy FoxyGamer
TheGamingFoxy FoxyGamer Jun 06, 2021 2:50AM ET
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no, if you know how to do it!
Hung Pham
Hung Pham Jun 06, 2021 2:50AM ET
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Like How is VaChina Joe the president
Ad Cline
Ad Cline Jun 06, 2021 2:50AM ET
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or ripping off people with his Trump university scam.
Ramesh Shah
Ramesh Shah Jun 06, 2021 2:19AM ET
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Give Trump a RPG and place him in Taiwan to fire at Chinese commies when they invade Taiwan
Valentin Alin
Valentin Alin Jun 06, 2021 2:19AM ET
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Steffen vdm
Steffen vdm Jun 06, 2021 2:19AM ET
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He has bone spurs, remember. Too scared to be on the front line
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jun 06, 2021 2:19AM ET
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Trump thinks anyone who fights in a war is a sucker
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Jun 06, 2021 1:47AM ET
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This article is toilet paper directly from the radical left fanatics' desk. Their fanaticism is to shoot down and demonize whoever is not on board for the total corruption and erosion of US most cherished values, such as freedom of speech and independent thinking, along with law and order. The radical left are the real viruses. They can't do anything but bark at the multi forensic teams coming up with horrifying forensic results from the AZ audit being conducted. They're days are numbered. Do not forget Obama legalized propaganda during his presidency. One side is lieing in all of this. Sad that a few people still are living in a fantasy world where Biden got 80M votes, while only winning 1 of the bellweather states and only winning 4xx counties as opposed to Trump, who won all bellweather states (as did Obama) and 27xx counties.
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John Yeo
John Yeo Jun 06, 2021 1:47AM ET
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Lieing? or lying
Hung Pham
Hung Pham Jun 06, 2021 1:47AM ET
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John Yeo - are you a Chinese Commies lol
Kal MBA
Kal MBA Jun 06, 2021 1:47AM ET
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Wow, releating tons of OAN and Q lol
Ad Cline
Ad Cline Jun 06, 2021 1:47AM ET
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Trump is a guilty of supporting sedition and insurrection and a danger to American Democracy.
Ad Cline
Ad Cline Jun 06, 2021 1:47AM ET
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Kelly Mayer is supporting a ex President who tried to steal the 2020 presidental election using inserection and sidition.
Chatt career
Chatt career Jun 06, 2021 1:30AM ET
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So who is Keyser Soze 🤣🤣🤣👹🤣
David David
David9 Jun 06, 2021 1:02AM ET
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In the next few years when Trump tries to run, he will be facing an even stronger China Lion... at that time, he he try to taunt at the China Lion, she will Roar even loader...
Investing Man
Investing Man Jun 06, 2021 1:02AM ET
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Even you spend your time on American sites David LMAO... you realize the irony of that?
Hung Pham
Hung Pham Jun 06, 2021 12:35AM ET
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Don’t you love Fake New Journalists always try to smear Trump
Cecilia George
Cecilia George Jun 06, 2021 12:24AM ET
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The delusioanal man is back!...pity 2 d Americans who prefer 4 chaos..
Hung Pham
Hung Pham Jun 06, 2021 12:24AM ET
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Haha and you are a racist
Kevin Avila
Kevin Avila Jun 06, 2021 12:23AM ET
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I cant wait until war… commies vs Freedom fighters.
Bull Power
Bull Power Jun 06, 2021 12:23AM ET
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Did you forget your latest patch? it's now m*slim horde with commie weapons and funding vs people who won't fight because it's not politically correct to fight.
Bull Power
Bull Power Jun 06, 2021 12:23AM ET
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Did you forget your latest patch? it's now Muslim horde with commie weapons and funding vs people who won't fight because it's not politically correct to fight.
Bull Power
Bull Power Jun 06, 2021 12:23AM ET
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Lol racist pro M*uslim trash downvoting thinking their opinions matter
Al Gore
Al Gore Jun 06, 2021 12:12AM ET
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very good
David David
David9 Jun 05, 2021 11:48PM ET
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Blaaahahhaaa... Trump.... Blaaaahaaaa...
Hung Pham
Hung Pham Jun 05, 2021 11:48PM ET
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Rent free in your head hahaha
Zebra Lo
Zebra Lo Jun 05, 2021 11:47PM ET
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nothing new. these politicians had no clue how to do the right thing for the Americans but use China as the escape goat. and sadly often they get away with it after so many years of successful brainwashing.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham Jun 05, 2021 11:47PM ET
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You defending Communust Chinese lol
Zebra Lo
Zebra Lo Jun 05, 2021 11:47PM ET
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see, I am not defending any commies but you are defending these incompetent politicians.
la popeye
la popeye Jun 05, 2021 11:47PM ET
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if trump would have been reelected, war against China would be already declared, act of violence againt asian group would be tolerated, a a full load of innocent chineses living in Usa would have to leave. keep him quiet, don t even go close to him.He did a full *****of hate against eachother with the bible in the hand. nuts!
Hung Pham
Hung Pham Jun 05, 2021 11:47PM ET
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War in your head. Keep eating up those fake news narrative lol
JT Marlin
JT Marlin Jun 05, 2021 11:32PM ET
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It was about time the president spoke. The real one. You know, the one people actually voted for...
Mase Gumbo
Mase Gumbo Jun 05, 2021 11:32PM ET
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loool
Gregory Bashaw
Gregory Bashaw Jun 05, 2021 11:31PM ET
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Biden should be removed in a precedent seen like never beforeFelon and ahould be behind barsNext: Inflation is “Transitory?”Ever wonder why all these politicians and financial gurus like Yellen” parrot same narrative?
 
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