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Rudy Giuliani's bizarre COVID-19 conspiracy theory: Obama granted NIH funds to Wuhan lab — in 2017

Giuliani’s latest COVID-19 conspiracy theory is that Obama paid a Wuhan virus lab in 2017



Sarah Burris
April 27, 2020 12:34AM (UTC)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story

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Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani launched another conspiracy theory about the coronavirus, saying that former President Barack Obama gave funding to a Wuhan, China virology lab in 2017 from the U.S. budget.

President Donald Trump took over the presidency Jan. 20, 2017 but the budget for that year was part of a battle between the Republicans running the House and Senate in 2016. At the time, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was in control of Congress and the Senate majority leader was Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

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According to a fact-check, the $3.7 million in grants given between 2014 and 2019 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to EchoHealth Alliance, a global environmental health nonprofit group, helped fund research on virology in Wuhan China.

"However, not all of that $3.7 million went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and not all of the funding took place under the Obama administration," reported Snopes. "Approximately $700,000 of the $3.7 million total was approved under Donald Trump."

Giuliani is a frequent purveyor of conspiracy theories. He was diligently working with Ukraine to try and generate "dirt" on former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter, which ultimately lead to Trump's impeachment.

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