Appearing on Newsmax’s “John Bachman Now” on Thursday, Rep. James Comer (R-KY) expressed concerns over the Biden administration’s ability to be transparent about where taxpayer money is spent in regards to health emergencies, and asserted that the American people have lost faith in Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to Comer, while it’s clear that monkeypox is a serious disease, and some tax money needs to be invested into curbing its spread, there hasn’t even been full transparency regarding where taxpayer money to fight COVID went.
“It never ceases to amaze me the amount of money that [President] Joe Biden requested from Congress in the name of COVID and now in the name of monkeypox,” the Kentucky Republican said in response to the Biden administration’s estimate that $7 billion will need to be invested to fighting the disease, which was reported by The Washington Post.
Comer went on to point out that the American people have lost faith in Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC following the handling of the COVID pandemic, noting that there is still unused coronavirus money from other congressional allocations.
“Now the Biden administration is asking for $7 billion more, just after they asked for $40 billion for Ukraine, and now we hear that Joe Manchin has caved and is finally giving in on Build Back Better,” he said. “That’s hundreds of billions of dollars more.”
Meanwhile, the government shouldn’t even be spending all of this money while the country is suffering from historically high inflation. The GOP congressman asserted that inflation is currently the most significant problem the U.S. is facing, adding that the “only way to tame inflation is to reduce government spending.”
Despite these problems, the Biden administration just wants to spend more, Comer said, but because of Fauci, “I don’t have any confidence in appropriating a single penny to this administration to fight any type of health problem right now. I’m sure a lot of Americans feel that way and support that.”
In the same interview, the Kentucky Republican discussed concerns regarding President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, especially the 150 suspicious bank records that lawmakers have not yet been able to see.
“The bank reports these to cover themselves from liability when they’re pretty certain the client is committing a crime,” Comer said. “Remember, he’s had 150 of these dating back over a decade from various banks … but yet nothing’s ever become of this investigation, so one would wonder what’s going on with the FBI.”
“Now that we have these whistleblowers come forward,” he added. “I think this is a very credible concern.”
Comer brought up a recent letter written by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to FBI Director Christopher Wray citing concerns being voiced by whistleblowers, saying that he is glad Jordan sent the letter.
“We’re going to continue our investigation,” Comer said. “With Hunter Biden, every day more information comes forward and I think that you’re going to see a lot of questions that the American people are going to have.”