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This is a rush transcript of "Fox News Sunday," on June 6, 2021. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS ANCHOR:  I'm Chris Wallace. 

Former President Trump returns to the political stage and goes on the 

attack. 

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

WALLACE (voice-over): From accusations of a COVID cover-up. 

DONALD TRUMP, FORMER PRESIDENT:  Fauci has perhaps never been more wrong 

than when he denied the virus and where it came from. 

WALLACE:  To his report card on his successor. 

TRUMP:  The Biden administration seems to be putting America last. 

WALLACE:  To renewed claims he won in 2020. 

TRUMP:  They used COVID and they use mail-in ballots to steal an election. 

WALLACE:  We'll ask former Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, now 

head of a Trump super PAC, where the former president plans to take the 

Republican Party. 

It's a "FOX News Sunday" exclusive. 

Then -- 

JOSEPH R. BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:  Now is the time to build 

on a foundation we've laid, because while the progress is undeniable, it is 

not assured. 

WALLACE:  President Biden and Senate Republican's try to bridge their 

divide over infrastructure but with Congress split over many issues, we'll 

sit down with a man in the middle on Capitol Hill, Senator Joe Manchin, and 

ask how he plans to break the logjam. 

Plus, new controversy over the origins of COVID-19 puts Dr. Fauci in the 

line of fire. We'll ask our Sunday panel about the growing backlash.

And our power players of the week: wise words for the class of 2021. 

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WALLACE:  All, right now, on "FOX News Sunday." 

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WALLACE (on camera): And hello again from FOX News in Washington. 

Well, former President Trump made one of his highest profile public 

appearances last night since leaving office in January. Addressing the 

North Carolina state GOP convention, he called out President Biden on the 

economy and Dr. Anthony Fauci on COVID. 

He also teased the prospect of another presidential bid in 2024, but said 

his focus for now is supporting candidates in next year's midterms who are 

loyal to him. 

In a moment, we'll speak with former Trump campaign manager Corey 

Lewandowski, now head of a Trump super PAC. 

But we start with Mark Meredith in Greenville, North Carolina, reporting on 

a former president who's looking to the past and to the future. 

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MARK MEREDITH, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over):  Former President Trump 

told a crowd of conservatives last night he is eager to be back in the 

political spotlight as he offered fresh criticism of his successor. 

TRUMP:  Joe Biden and the socialist Democrats are the most radical left-

wing administration in history. Gas prices are soaring. Our industries are 

being pillaged by foreign cyber attacks. 

MEREDITH:  The president also had harsh words for China, saying the country 

must pay for its role in the pandemic. 

TRUMP:  The time has come for America and the world to demand reparations 

and accountability from the Communist Party of China. 

MEREDITH: Meanwhile, his on-again, off-again relationship with Dr. Anthony 

Fauci was on full display. 

TRUMP:  Dr. Fauci, who I actually got along with, he's a nice guy. He's a 

great promoter, you know? Not a great doctor but he's a hell of a promoter. 

He's been wrong in almost every issue and he was wrong on Wuhan and the lab 

also, very wrong. 

MEREDITH:  The speech in Greenville was supposed to kick off the next 

chapter of his post-presidency. He plans to hold rallies within weeks and 

is offering up scores of new endorsements. 

TRUMP:  The survival of America depends upon our ability to elect 

Republicans at every level, starting with the midterms next year. We have 

to get it done. 

MEREDITH:  While Trump was warmly received in the Tar Heel State, online, 

he's essentially still blacklisted. Facebook says Trump will remain off its 

platform for at least two more years. 

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MEREDITH (on camera): Last night, Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump 

announced that she will not seek the open Senate seat here in North 

Carolina next year. The president praised her decision to sit this one out 

and moments later offered up his own endorsement for Republican Congressman 

Ted Budd who will likely face a fierce competitive primary -- Chris. 

WALLACE:  Mark Meredith reporting from North Carolina -- Mark, thanks. 

And joining us now, the chairman of the Make America Great Again Action 

Super PAC, Corey Lewandowski. 

Corey, welcome back to "FOX News Sunday".

COREY LEWANDOWSKI, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN ACTION SUPER PAC CHAIR:  Thank 

you for having me, Chris. 

WALLACE:  So, President Trump last night attacked Democrats right from the 

start. 

Here is one of the more dramatic examples. Take a look. 

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DONALD TRUMP, FORMER PRESIDENT:  They're vicious, they're violent, they in 

many cases hate our country, and they have bad policy. 

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WALLACE:  Does Mr. Trump really believe that the Democratic Party is 

violent and many of them hate our country? 

LEWANDOWSKI:  Well, Chris, if you look at some of the numbers of the 

Democratic Party have stood for, which is bailing individuals out who have 

been arrested for causing mayhem and violence, attacking police stations, 

burning our court houses in northwest part of the country, their actions 

and their wallets speak for themselves. 

When you look at their policies, Chris, in the first three months of this 

administration, the Biden administration has canceled drilling in the 

Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. He has canceled the Keystone pipeline and 

he has caused the devastation and the loss of tens or hundreds of thousands 

of jobs that allow us to be energy independent, all while allowing Russia 

to move forward with their pipeline and supporting that. 

So the question is, is this an America First agenda, which is what Donald 

Trump had laid out, or is this everybody else first agenda, and I think the 

policies of the Biden administration clearly show that Joe Biden does not 

care as much about this country as he does others. 

WALLACE:  Mr. Trump also went hard after Dr. Anthony Fauci, which raises 

the question, if he was so concerned about the Wuhan lab, why didn't Mr. 

Trump do more to investigate it? Why didn't he do more to put pressure on 

the Chinese when he was president? 

LEWANDOWSKI:  Well, Chris, as we know, Secretary Pompeo was very involved 

in trying to find the origins of the COVID-19 virus and where it came from. 

What we also know now, Chris, is that over 600 -- almost 600,000 Americans 

have perished because of this terrible tragedy. That's more people than all 

of the foreign wars that the United States soldiers combined have been lost 

in. That's the equivalent of about the size of the city of Milwaukee, 

Wisconsin. We've lost more people then reside in Baltimore or Miami or in 

Atlanta, Georgia, and we don't even have a commission to look into this. 

So the question is, when the president -- President Trump said we believe 

that this originated in a lab in Wuhan, the media by and large dismissed 

that, and even Jonathan Karl of ABC News came out and said the media had 

egg on their face for dismissing that potential claim of what transpired. 

So why don't we have a commission, Chris? Let's appoint Secretary Mike 

Pompeo and maybe Secretary Clinton to look into why 600,000 Americans have 

died because of this. Let's hold China accountable. Let's ask for the 

reparations which they owe not only us but probably the world, and I think 

$10 trillion sounds like about the right amount to me. 

WALLACE:  Yeah, but, Corey, back as late as March 27th, so at least two 

months after Donald Trump was warned by his own national security advisor 

that this was going to be the greatest threat of his presidency and 

proceeded to play it down, as late as March 27th of last year, Donald Trump 

was still praising President Xi of China and still talking about how 

cooperative he was. 

Again, if he was so concerned about the Wuhan lab, if he wanted -- he had 

the opportunity as president, why didn't he get tough with China then when 

he had the opportunity? 

LEWANDOWSKI:  Well, Chris, we were listening to what the media has defined 

as the experts and Dr. Fauci specifically, and you know that Dr. Fauci was 

against banning flights coming in from mainland China. 

(CROSSTALK)

WALLACE:  Oh, come on, Corey. Corey, Corey, wait a minute, you're telling 

me that the president -- 

LEWANDOWSKI:  Chris -- 

WALLACE:  -- you're going to blame the president's inaction on Dr. Fauci? 

LEWANDOWSKI:  No, but, look, Chris, if we're going to follow the science 

and listen to Dr. Fauci, which has been -- he has been lifted up by the 

media as the foremost expert on this matter in the world. Listen to what 

Dr. Fauci said. 

First, he said masks would not be needed. Then he said banning flights 

coming in from mainland China were not necessary, and now we know, Chris, 

that Dr. Fauci, through his government agency, funded at least $800,000 of 

government taxpayer money to the Wuhan laboratory. 

So the question now with all the emails coming out from Dr. Fauci is what 

did he know and when did he know it, and did he give information to the 

president which we could have used to prevent a series of these deaths from 

occurring? 

So, look, this president, President Trump, was very tough on China. We put 

a series of tariffs on their products so that we could compete on a global 

scale. We also found out, Chris, that because of the inadequacies of the 

previous administration, we were completely unprepared when it came to 

finding PPE equipment, the reason being everything was manufactured in 

China. 

So through Operation Warp Speed and the retooling of some plants here in 

the United States, the president was able to once again produced personal 

protective equipment so that we were not reliant on China. 

WALLACE:  We could -- we could go on on this, and the fact that the 

president refused to wear a mask in public for over three months after the 

CDC recommended it.

But let me move on to another subject. The president continues to say that 

the 2020 election was stolen. And according to a number of reports from 

across the political spectrum, various news outlets from "The New York 

Times" to "The National Review", he has told people around him recently 

that he believes he will be reinstated as president by August. 

Corey, can you please explain to our viewers under what provision of law or 

the Constitution President Trump can be reinstated as president? 

LEWANDOWSKI:  Sure, Chris, and I can tell you, I've spoken to the president 

dozens if not more than a hundred times since he has left the White House. 

And the president and I have never had a conversation about him being 

reinstated. So I can't specifically comment on what he has said to other 

individuals because it hasn't been a conversation that I've had with them. 

And I know of no provision under the Constitution that allows that to 

occur, nor do I know of any provision under the Constitution that allows an 

individual who lost an election t come back if a recount is dubbed 

inaccurate. 

So, look, there are election integrity matters that we need to deal with. 

There's no question about that. And specifically when I was in 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after the election results, we notified the 

media of at least one dead person who voted. It is unequivocal, but the 

response from the media was, well, that person was a Trump supporter.

Chris, we have to have election integrity in this process. 

WALLACE:  But again, Corey, you keep blaming this on the media. The fact of 

the matter is this went to more than 60 different court cases and you were 

beaten in everyone. The Supreme Court refused to even hear the Trump 

challenges. 

So please don't blame this on the media. You had your day in court and you 

lost. 

LEWANDOWSKI:  But, Chris, what I'm saying that the media's obligation and 

responsibility should be is making sure we have a fair and honest account 

of what the election results were. 

Look, I have provided specific examples of the dead person who voted in 

Allegheny County. 

(CROSSTALK)

WALLACE:  What about the courts? What about the courts?

LEWANDOWSKI:  It's not, Chris -- 

WALLACE:  Including Trump-appointed judges, including -- including the 

Supreme Court that has a 6-3 conservative majority? They threw you out of 

court. 

LEWANDOWSKI: Chris, it's not the court's decision or obligation to ensure 

that dead people aren't voting. That's a legislative responsibility. 

And, look, Chris, in my hometown in Windham, New Hampshire, and you know 

this and the listeners know this -- we had voting irregularities from what 

the voting machines reported on election day to what the actual count was, 

and the reason we know that is because the Democrat state representative 

who lost election in my hometown was entitled to a recount. 

That recount transpired on three separate occasions. It was hand done, and 

the voting tallies from election night show that the Republican 

representative was shorted approximately 300 votes based on what the 

machine said as opposed to what the recount said. 

Now, in the state of New Hampshire, we passed a bill, the governor signed 

it and a full forensic audit is underway to determine what irregularities 

or potential malfeasance occurred in that election. But we should, as the 

greatest republic in the history of the country -- of the world, have the 

right to know what the final election tally was for the most important job 

in the world. 

WALLACE:  Well, let's talk about that final election tally. President 

Trump's vice president, Mike Pence, spoke about all of that and 

specifically about the January 6th insurrection on Capitol Hill this week. 

Take a look at what Vice President Pence said. 

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MIKE PENCE, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT:  January 6th was a dark day in the 

history of the United States Capitol. Violence was quelled. The Capitol was 

secured and that same day, we reconvened the Congress and did our duty 

under the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

WALLACE:  So, you've got the president's vice -- running mate, Mike Pence, 

saying that Congress did its duty under the Constitution, certifying the 

election of Joe Biden. 

First of all, how does President Trump view that and what you think are the 

chances that if Trump does run for president in 2024, Mike Pence will be 

his running mate? 

LEWANDOWSKI:  Well, the 2024 election is a long way off, and very honestly, 

where we're focused right now, where President Trump is focused and where 

we're focused is taking back the House of Representatives and the U.S. 

Senate and retiring Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer from their leadership 

positions. 

Look, the left has governed as the most radical left government in our 

nation's history. There's a four-seat majority right now.

(CROSSTALK)

WALLACE:  I got that. But what I'm asking you about is Mike Pence saying 

that Congress did its duty certifying Biden's election? 

LEWANDOWSKI: Chris, we don't have a national election apparatus in this 

country. We have a series of 50 states that all report into the Congress to 

ratify the results of their respective states, and that's what occurred. 

(CROSSTALK)

WALLACE:  And they all certified the results. 

LEWANDOWSKI:  And, Chris, it's very -- Chris, it's also very important to 

remember this: there was no state in the country that sent dueling electors 

to Washington, D.C. So every state had the opportunity to send their 

electors to Washington to be certified. Each state did that respectively 

and the Congress accepted those certifications from the states. 

WALLACE:  We're going to have to leave it there. Corey, thank you. Thanks 

for your time. It's always good to talk with you. 

Up next, he's been called the most powerful man in Washington not named Joe 

Biden and he has a big say in the success of the president's agenda. We'll 

talk with Senator Joe Manchin about infrastructure and voting rights and a 

lot more when we come right back.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

WALLACE:  President Biden has rejected the latest infrastructure offer from 

Senate Republicans, but the White House says he'll talk again tomorrow with 

their lead negotiator, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, in hopes of striking a 

bipartisan deal.

Meanwhile, Democrats are taking steps to go it alone.

Joining us now, the man in the middle on Capitol Hill, Democratic Senator 

Joe Manchin.

SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): Good morning, Chris.

WALLACE:  Senator, the president and Senate Republicans are still far apart 

on any kind of infrastructure compromise. I want you to take a look at some 

of the differences. We're going to put them up.

MANCHIN:  Sure.

WALLACE:  The president now wants $1 trillion -- he's come down from $2.25 

trillion -- $1 trillion in new spending on infrastructure. Republicans are 

offering $300 billion in new spending. The president proposes a minimum 

corporate tax rate of 15 percent to pay for it. Republicans oppose any tax 

increase. So, as you can see, they're far apart.

You're part of another bipartisan Senate group working on a possible 

compromise. If this negotiation falls apart, and it sure looks like it's 

going to, what's your plan?

MANCHIN:  Well, Chris, first of all, I commend the president and Senator 

Capito, my colleague from West Virginia, for continuing to work hard. 

They're working hard trying to find a compromise. They've come a long way 

and they're moving in the right direction.

We have to wait and see the outcome. You know, Shelley's also a part of our 

-- what we call our G20 club, which is basically there's ten Democrats and 

ten Republicans.

So we're supporting, we're working with everybody that we can, bringing all 

the different good ideas to the table of how we come together.

We need a bipartisan infrastructure bill. We most definitely need that. And 

infrastructure is something that's been delayed for far too long by past 

administrations. So it's time for us to move forward. There's a lot that's 

been done with the COVID bills that we've put out that basically overlap in 

some areas of infrastructure, but there's a lot more that needs to be done 

and I think we can come to that compromise to where we'll find a bipartisan 

deal. I'm very -- very confident of that.

WALLACE:  Well, Secretary of Energy Granholm reiterated this morning that 

House Democrats are going to start their markup of the bill with or without 

Republicans. And if there is no compromise on infrastructure, and I think 

it's fair to say maybe not enough, but that Joe Biden has made some big 

concessions, both on spending and a different tax plan. If it were to go in 

the Senate as a straight, party line vote on -- you know, though budget 

reconciliation, will you support that kind of bill? In other words, I guess 

what I'm asking is, is a straight party line infrastructure build better 

than no bill at all?

MANCHIN:  Well, I think -- you know, I still have all the confidence in the 

world, Chris, we're going to get there. My goodness, the president has gone 

from $2.25 trillion down to $1 trillion. The Republicans have come up quite 

a bit from where they started. This is the same type of challenges we had 

back last year when we had to all get together and break a deadlock. But I 

-- we're not there yet. I think they're going to be talking again tomorrow. 

We'll wait. We'll talk to Senator Capito after those meetings. We'll talk 

to the White House. And we think we can find a pathway forward. We're not 

that far apart.

Look at the things -- Chris, I want to say this. In the last -- in the 

first five months of this year, we have operated more the way the Senate's 

supposed to operate, in a bipartisan way, than ever since I've been here in 

ten years. So under -- under Schumer's -- under -- under Senator Schumer's 

leadership, we've had more bills, we've had more amendments voted on. We've 

gone through a normal process more. And people are continually trying to 

push us to more division. And I keep saying, let's continue to keep 

working.

The Senate's working. We've done bipartisan in the Asian -- about the Asian 

hate crime bill. It was, you know, 94-1. We're now based on the new 

frontier, the endless frontier, we're going to that bipartisan next week as 

soon as we get back. So we're moving in the right direction.

WALLACE:  But let me ask you about another issue, voting rights. You're the 

only Democrat in the Senate who is not supporting S-1, the so-called For 

the People Act.

MANCHIN:  Yes.

WALLACE:  Which would be a major voting reform bill. You say it's too broad 

and too partisan. And, instead, you support basically a -- a renewal of the 

1965 Voting Rights Act which says that the feds get free clearance on any 

voting right changes in individual states, but you'd like it to apply to 

all 50 states, not just the states in the south that had a history of 

segregation.

A couple of questions. One, is Chuck Schumer making a mistake in pushing 

this big bill, the For the People Act, and saying that he wants a vote on 

it by the end of the month? And, two, if he does bring it to the floor, 

will you vote against that bill?

MANCHIN:  Well, I've been pretty clear on that. I did an op-ed back home in 

-- in West Virginia that came out today and laid out my -- my concerns and 

-- and my preference of what, you know, what I think would happen.

You know, voting is the bedrock of our democracy. An open, fair, secured 

voting. We used to go around the world and explain and show and observe 

voting procedures in a democracy. And now if we can't practice what we 

preach, and we're going to basically do an overhaul, an 800 page overhaul 

of the voting rights or what we call For the People Act, I think there's a 

lot of great things I agree in that piece of legislation but there's an 

awful lot of things that basically don't pertain directly to voting.

So the Voting Rights Act, well now we've --

WALLACE:  So -- so let me just --

MANCHIN:  Sure.

WALLACE:  I just -- I just -- so just to put a -- a -- a button on this, 

you will vote against that bill if it gets to the Senate floor?

MANCHIN:  I think it's the wrong piece of legislation to bring our country 

together and unite our country and I'm not supporting that because I think 

it would divide us further. I don't want to be in a country that's divided 

any further than I'm in right now. I love my country and I think my 

Democrat and Republican colleagues feel the same.

If we continue to divide it and separate us more, it's not going to be 

united and it's not going to be the country that we love and know and it's 

going to be hard because it will be back and forth no matter who's in 

power. And that's why I've been protecting --

WALLACE:  So that brings --

MANCHIN:  The process.

WALLACE:  Well, let me just -- let me just add, that brings us to a comment 

by President Biden this week about you and Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema.

Take a look.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:  I hear all the folks on TV 

saying, why doesn't Biden get this done? Well, because Biden only has a 

majority of effectively four votes in the House and a tie in the Senate 

with two members of the senate who vote more with my Republican friends.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE:  Now, we -- we looked it up and, in fact, on bills that have 

gotten to the Senate floor, you have voted with President Biden 100 percent 

of the time. But you have opposed him on bills that haven't gotten to the 

Senate yet. For instance, this For the People Act, with the Democrats 

intend to put on the floor. You say you're going to vote against that. 

You're against the $50 minimum wage.

I don't really want to get into the detail of those, but is it fair when 

Joe Biden says he doesn't have solid support from Democrats like you?

MANCHIN:  I think that's taken out of content and I really -- you know, on 

that, I support President Biden and what he's doing and what he's trying to 

do. No one understands the Senate, the makeup of the Senate and the 

challenges that we have as a Senate more than -- than President Joe Biden, 

who was here over 30 some years.

With that, he understands, there's got to find a pathway forward. And Joe 

Biden always could do that. And I know he understands where we are on this 

and we're trying to find a pathway. Of course he has his position. He lays 

out his proposals. We look at those and we make adjustments accordingly. 

And that's what we're trying to do.

And I think deep down in his heart he knows we need to bring this country 

together and -- and so I've said this, I believe Joe Biden is the right 

person, the right place, at the right time for our country. Now we have to 

unite together. And that means a little bit of difficulties and challenges, 

but we'll get through this. We're the most deliberate body in the world and 

that was by design.

WALLACE:  I -- I want to ask -- I want to ask you to questions quickly, if 

I can, Senator Manchin, about that.

MANCHIN:  Sure. Sure.

WALLACE:  First of all, you have made it clear, and I'm not going to ask 

you again, you said that you oppose scrapping the filibuster. The question 

I have is, whether or not -- and you say you hope that that will bring the 

parties together. The question I have is whether or not you're doing it 

exactly the wrong way. And hear me out on this. If you were to keep the 

idea that maybe you would vote to kill the filibuster, wouldn't that give 

Republicans an incentive to actually negotiate, because old Joe Manchin is 

out there and who knows what he's going to do. By taking it off the table, 

haven't you empowered Republicans to be obstructionist?

MANCHIN:  I don't think so because we have seven brave Republicans that 

continue to vote for what they know is right and the facts as they see 

them, not worrying about the political consequences. I believe there's a 

lot more of my Republican colleagues and friends that feel the same way. 

I'm just hoping they are able to rise to the occasion to defend our country 

and support our country and make sure that we have a democracy for this 

republic of all the people.

I'm just very hopeful that -- and I see good signs.

WALLACE:  Well --

MANCHIN:  We're doing, Chris, more things than ever before. Give us some 

time. I know everyone's putting deadlines, got to be done by this, this and 

this.

WALLACE:  Well, but wait -- but -- but let me ask you the final question, 

sir. I mean let's just take the nine -- the idea of creating a 9/11 

commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol. 

Republicans blocked that. Senator McConnell, the head of the Republicans in 

the Senate, says that he's 100 percent focused on blocking the Biden 

agenda.

Question, aren't you being naive about this continuing talk about 

bipartisan cooperation?

MANCHIN:  I'm not being naive. I think he's 100 percent wrong in trying to 

block all the good things that we're trying to do for America. It would be 

a lot better if we had participation. And we're getting participation. But 

when it comes time to final vote, I disagree with -- with Leader McConnell 

on this and minority leader on this issue that he puts politics before the 

policies that I think we need for our country.

I'm going to continue to keep working with my bipartisan friends and 

hopefully we can get more of them.

I can tell you this, in 2013, at that time, Harry Reid, the leader of the 

majority party, the Democrats --

WALLACE:  Right.

MANCHIN:  Basically (INAUDIBLE) the nuclear option, which did away with the 

filibuster on appointments and district and circuit judges. Come back to 

2017, then we had Leader McConnell at that time in the majority and he did 

away with it for the Supreme Court.

So what goes around comes around here. They all understand that. And there 

were 33 Democrats in 2017 that signed a letter to please save the 

filibuster and save our democracy. That's what I'm trying to do.

WALLACE:  Senator Manchin, thank you. Thanks for coming in today. Please 

come back, sir.

MANCHIN:  Thanks, Chris, I will. Thank you.

WALLACE:  Up next, we'll ask our -- up next, we'll ask our Sunday group 

where we're headed on infrastructure and what the U.S. can do to protect us 

from escalating cyberattacks from Russia. 

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Coming up, the ongoing investigation into 

how COVID-19 began and how it was handled. 

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, WHITE HOUSE CHIEF MEDICAL ADVISER FOR COVID-19: The 

situation is that we didn't know and we still don't know what the origin 

is. 

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: We'll ask our Sunday panel about the fight to uncover what 

happened and why Dr. Anthony Fauci is on the firing line.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This much is already clear, 

we're on the right track. Our plan is working. And we're not going to let 

up now. 

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: President Biden continuing to push for his jobs bill, including a 

huge infrastructure plan, but making little progress in talks with Senate 

Republicans. 

And it's time now for our Sunday group. Former RNC communications director 

Doug Heye, Susan Page of "USA Today," and Fox News contributor Marie Harf. 

So, Susan, let me start with you. You've been around Washington a while, as 

I have. What's your sense of where we're headed with infrastructure, a 

bipartisan compromise, a straight party line vote through budget 

reconciliation in the Senate, or no bill at all? 

SUSAN PAGE, "USA TODAY": You know, I think that we're at the point where 

the negotiations are making a point, not making a deal. And making a point, 

first and foremost, to your last guest, Joe Manchin, I think that 

Democrats, especially the White House, trying to make the point they have 

tried in good faith to reach a bipartisan deal.

And I thought it was interesting that Senator Manchin, in your question -- 

response to your question, did not rule out voting for a bill along a pure 

party line vote, a reconciliation bill when it comes to this 

infrastructure. I think that was a significant suggestion.

Democrats are now moving ahead on the things they need to do to pass this 

bill on a party line vote through reconciliation, including hearings that 

begin in the House this week on that transportation bill.

You know, Senator Manchin said he's very confident they can reach a 

bipartisan bill. If he's very confident, he is the only one in Washington 

who feels that way. I think we are moving toward a party line vote on it. 

WALLACE: Doug, you know, infrastructure is almost always popular with 

voters. They like seeing new bridges. They like seeing resurfaced highways 

without potholes in them. And -- and you look at the latest jobs numbers 

that came out on Friday. The economy is still struggling a bit. Is it a 

smart political play for Republicans if in the end they don't come to an 

agreement on infrastructure and Democrats end up taking either with the 

responsibility and the benefit of passing it? 

DOUG HEYE, FORMER RNC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: Well, it's certainly a risky 

strategy but one not without precedent. If we go back to 2009, Joe Biden 

led a shovel-ready stimulus job package that Democrats said would be 

electoral doom for Republicans if they opposed it. Obviously in 2010 that 

didn't happen. 

I still hope that a deal was possible. But the -- the reality is, Chris, 

it's not a question of what is the number, $1.1 trillion versus $900 

billion or what have you. The reality is, Republicans and Democrats 

disagree on what the parameters are. How do you pay for it? Is it really 

infrastructure? Those are real differences. 

WALLACE: Marie, let me ask you about that. Republicans say if -- if the 

answer was just spending more money, that the economy would already be 

booming, and as we saw with the latest job report for May, it isn't 

booming. And the president is talking -- let's assume now that there's no 

deal with the Republicans, so he can go back to his original $2.25 trillion 

for jobs and $1.9 trillion for his families plan. You're talking about $4 

trillion in more spending, $4 trillion in more taxes. 

Isn't there a political risk for Democrats in that Joe Biden is going to be 

sticking a big tax and spend liberal sticker on the back of any Democrat 

who runs for election in the 2022 midterms? 

MARIE HARF, FORMER STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON AND FOX NEWS 

CONTRIBUTOR: 

Well, Chris, both Republicans and Democrats have proven themselves very 

willing to spend a lot of money in the past few years. And so this is 

increasingly a bipartisan way to do business in Washington. 

But I think Joe Biden will make the argument in the midterm elections that 

first this spending is helping real Americans. We just saw this week how 

the government programs that helped people come out of COVID, come out of 

the economic situation, were really helping real Americans on the ground. 

And he will also make the case that this spending is about building up the 

middle class and coming out of this crisis even stronger. Something we 

didn't do very well in the previous economic crisis. 

And so if he makes the case that, look, I came down on spending, I tried to 

change the way we would pay for it and Republicans just had no interest in 

governing, they are already gearing up for the midterms and all of these 

programs, all of this spending, is impacting real Americans in a really 

positive way, that's the case Joe Biden and -- and -- and Democrats in 

Congress will have to make in the midterms.

WALLACE: Right.

HARF: And we will see evidence of that if this actually passes with roads 

and bridges and all of the things we've talked about. 

WALLACE: I -- I want to turn to a serious and growing issue, and that is 

cyberattacks. And you had the extraordinary statement this week from FBI 

Director Christopher Wray that he now compares the threat from cyberattacks 

to the threat from terrorism and compares it to what we were facing just 

before 9/11. And here was White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on that 

same subject this week. 

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JEN PSAKI, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: President Biden certainly thinks 

that President Putin and the Russian government has a role to play in 

stopping and preventing these attacks. Hence, it's a -- it will be a topic 

of discussion when they meet in two weeks. 

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: Susan, do you expect President Biden to be able to make headway on 

the issue of cyberattacks and what the world is going to do about it first 

when he meets with allies starting this week in Europe and then on June 

16th when he sits down with Russian President Putin? 

PAGE: Well, those two venues are related, right? If there can be more 

concerted action by allies to pressure Russia to stop supporting these 

cyberattacks, to stop providing a safe haven for these groups that are 

mounting them, that would be helpful. 

You know, it's hard though. We've seen the administration, the Biden 

administration, in April impose some tough sanctions on Russia to not great 

effect. And the question is, I think, to what degree are you willing -- is 

the United States willing to disrupt U.S.-Russian relations on this front 

when there are other issues on which we want to have some cooperation. I 

think this is a tough one. 

That meeting in Geneva that's coming up between the president and Putin, 

really are crucial one to watch. 

WALLACE: Doug, what can we do, both the U.S. unilaterally, the U.S. as part 

of a western movement, the public side of it, the private side of it, what 

can we do to protect ourselves from cyberattacks? I mean when you see the 

biggest meat supplier in the country shut down, when you see the -- the 

owners of the biggest gas energy pipeline in the country shut down, that's 

got to get your attention.

HEYE: Yes, absolutely, and it needs to be a -- from top to bottom effort. 

Not just from the federal government, not just from the -- President Biden 

being tough with Vladimir Putin when they -- when they meet in Geneva. Also 

China. We shouldn't leave them out of this conversation. But it's up to 

Congress to -- to strengthen our cybersecurity rules. 

I -- you know, I've been working on issues around this going back to 2005 

and our electric grid is very vulnerable. It's a soft underbelly for our 

entire economy. Thus far, Chris, we've been lucky that it's been a few 

things that have caused inconveniences but not crises. We can't count on 

being lucky too much longer. 

The president has to show leadership here that, frankly, Donald Trump 

didn't show, Barack Obama didn't show, George W. Bush didn't show. We need 

to show real leadership from America and also with our allies in Europe 

that we're not going to put up with this anymore and real strategies moving 

forward to prevent it here in the United States. 

WALLACE: All right, panel, we have to take a break here.

But when we come back, the growing attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci over the 

origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Is he in trouble? 

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, WHITE HOUSE CHIEF MEDICAL ADVISER FOR COVID-19: It is 

more likely to be a natural jumping of species to an animal reservoir to a 

human. However, since we don't know that for sure, that you've got to keep 

an open mind. 

SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): Dr. Fauci, to this day, says he still trusts the 

Chinese scientists. I don't think he seems to be aware of the way it works 

in a communist government. 

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE: Dr. Anthony Fauci on the debate over the origins of COVID-19 and 

Senator Rand Paul, one of many Republicans slamming him for being too 

trusting of the Chinese government.

And we're back now with the panel. 

Susan, what's going on right now? Why all this renewed focus on the origins 

of the coronavirus and why all the attacks on Dr. Fauci? 

PAGE: Well, Dr. Fauci apparently much more powerful in the Trump 

administration than any of us realized, judging from your conversation with 

Corey Lewandowski about the influence he had on policy towards China and 

everything else. 

You know, of course, we want to find out the origins of COVID-19. I think 

it is fair to say that scientists, including Dr. Fauci, too quick to 

dismiss the possibility that it was a lab leak from Wuhan. We're now going 

back to look at that with the benefit of additional information. 

I -- I think that the -- some Republicans and some veterans of the Trump 

administration are focusing on Dr. Fauci and the question of the origins so 

that we are not talking but the Trump administration response to the 

coronavirus pandemic, which has been really criticized as something that 

was not adequate to the challenge of the moment. I guess I think that 

politics is what's going on. 

WALLACE: What a surprise. It's like, what, in "Casablanca," there's 

gambling going on in the back room. 

But, Marie, I mean, one thing -- one of the points Republicans would argue 

is that last year when Donald Trump raised the possibility that this had 

escaped from the -- the Wuhan lab, whether it was just an accident, whether 

it was on purpose, that there was a knee-jerk reaction from Democrats to 

dismiss that. And the argument -- and also from some in the media and that 

the argument in effect was, if Trump says it, it can't be true. 

HARF: Well, a lot of things Donald Trump said weren't true, so he didn't 

have a lot of credibility with the American people. But he also talked 

about it in a way that many people found offensive, borderline racist. Not 

even just borderline, outright racist, and also used it as a tactic to 

deflect from his own administration's responsibility. 

I think what's important that's happened in the past few weeks is the 

intelligence community did something really smart. They released -- sort of 

they pulled back the curtain and said, there are two working theories. Some 

of our analysts believe one and some believe the other. Both are low 

confidence and we're going to dig back in to all of that information that 

we have from the last year to see if we can get some more clarity. Not 

trusting politicians, but having the experts say, here's what we know and 

here's what we don't know.

And, look, Corey Lewandowski calling for a commission to investigate the 

Trump administration's response to COVID, every Democrat I know probably 

heard that and said, fine, yes. Dr. Fauci did what he could to save 

American lives with incomplete information and the Trump administration is 

using -- and his allies are using Dr. Fauci as a punching bag today to 

deflect from their failures. 

WALLACE: Doug, look, nobody comes out of the pandemic looking particularly 

good. Donald Trump clearly made some mistakes. Joe Biden clearly made some 

mistakes, talking about the president's decision to close -- to shut off 

travel from -- from China. 

I guess the question is, why the focus on Dr. Fauci? And if you can, make 

the strongest case you can as to why Dr. Fauci should somehow be held 

accountable here. 

HEYE: Well, everybody should be accountable. You know, this is a situation 

that we basically haven't dealt with in over 100 years with the -- with the 

Spanish flu in the previous century. So mistakes are going to be made. This 

is the first time dealing with a global pandemic for everyone involved. But 

what we've seen -- and you -- you mentioned this earlier, is there's been a 

politicization of everything around COVID. So everything has to be somebody 

else's fault. That's also been weaponized. 

And I think one of the -- one of the problems in this situation is, when 

somebody is as deified in the American popular culture as Dr. Fauci has, 

somebody I have great respect for, when they're deified with all of the 

Fauci pouchi (ph) cocktails and the Dr. Fauci t-shirts and murals and 

hashtags and bobblehead's, it's going to create a backlash among people who 

are on the other side who want to defend President Trump, want to defend 

Republicans in Congress. He then becomes a very easy target because he's 

seemingly everywhere. 

So it's not surprising that we'd see some kind of a backlash. The reality 

is the science then gets lost in that conversation. And what we should be 

talking about is, what were the origins of this -- of this pandemic? That 

gets lost and silenced. And I would say, you know, if it weren't for the 

work that, as Marie pointed out from the intelligence community, but also 

Josh Rogin at "The Washington Post," who has been dogged in -- in having 

this come out, we wouldn't be having this conversation right now. We need 

to get to the bottom of what happen so we can prevent the next one from 

happening. 

WALLACE: But -- but -- and you're -- you're here as a former Republican 

official. I guess what I don't understand is, what is it that Dr. Fauci 

supposedly did wrong? And then particularly with regard to the origins, he 

said he believed it was more likely that it was a naturally occurring 

phenomenon than a lab leak. We still have no hard evidence that it was a 

lab leak. And there was this $600,000 grant, money that went to the Wuhan 

lab but -- and, you know, and I -- there seemed to be no hard evidence it 

was used for gain of function or to somehow weaponize the -- the virus. 

What's the hard evidence against Fauci, Doug? 

HEYE: Well, I don't think there is a lot of hard evidence. I think it's, 

let's ascribe blame and then find the evidence that -- that suits our 

argument when we do later. Unfortunately, that's a lot of what happens in 

Washington, D.C., right now. And if you look at every House or Senate 

hearing that Dr. Fauci's out, it becomes very contentious very quickly if 

not immediately. And we know beforehand that certain senators, certain 

members of Congress are going to use him as a punching bag. Unfortunately, 

I don't think that helps us get to the bottom of the information that we 

need. 

WALLACE: Susan, you know, there was an interesting comment this week from 

the senior advisor to Donald Trump, Jason Miller, who said that there are, 

his words, visceral reaction in the Trump base to Dr. Fauci. People 

associate him in the Trump base with shutdowns, with their kids not being 

able to go to school. 

But, you know, we did have these 5,000 emails, or whatever it was, that -- 

that were released under the Freedom of Information Act. And I can't say I 

read every one. I certainly read accounts about every one. I -- I -- is 

there -- is there some smoking gun there that I'm missing? 

PAGE: You know, here's what strikes you when you read these -- these 

emails. Number one, that he responds to emails from strangers who had 

questions. That's pretty remarkable. But also that what he was saying in 

emails and private largely consistent with what he was saying to the public 

out loud. 

So when you find things about masks, for instance -- you know, there was a 

point when the expert opinion was that masks were not required. Then it 

changed. In private he was saying masks were not required, changed. I mean 

it could -- it led -- it -- it contributes to his credibility. And one 

reason Dr. Fauci may be so annoying to President Trump is that his 

credibility on this issue is about double President Trump's credibility 

when it comes to handling the coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci has a higher approval rating than either President Trump or 

President Biden. 

WALLACE: Well, you can't trust anybody who has got a high approval rating. 

Marie, you -- you used to be the State Department spokesperson, so you've 

dealt with this. And I guess one of the questions I have, for all this talk 

about, we're going to find out what the origins of -- of -- of the 

coronavirus were, the Chinese have now had more than a year. They weren't 

cooperative at the start. They've now had more than a year. What do you 

think are the chances that they're going to be able to -- we ever going to 

find out what the origins were? 

HARF: I think the chances that the Chinese government will cooperate our 

very, very low. And that's why I think the intelligence community, our 

public health experts, maybe some whistle-blowers from China, from Wuhan, 

they will actually be the ones, if we can get to the bottom of this, that 

we'll be able to dig out some of those facts. We may never have a complete 

picture or a smoking gun and I do not think that the Chinese have any 

incentive to help anyone. I wish they did. I wish there were levers of 

power we could pull to -- to make them cooperate. 

But, unfortunately, if Donald Trump had pushed them to cooperate all those 

many months ago, we would have had a better chance. He didn't. So let's 

rely on intelligence, scientists, experts, to see if we can get some 

clarity on how this started. 

WALLACE: And in ten seconds, when the president, President Trump, talked 

yesterday about seeking $10 trillion in reparations from China, how will 

that be received in Beijing? You got ten seconds. 

HARF: It will be received with the same amount of -- of credibility it has 

here. They will probably laugh at it and ignore it. 

WALLACE: Thank you, panel. See you next Sunday. 

Up next, some inspiring advice for the class of 2021 from our "Power 

Players of the Week."

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

WALLACE: It's an end of school year tradition here to share the best 

moments from commencement ceremonies. And while some events remain virtual, 

the graduates got some very real advice from our "Power Players of the 

Week." 

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

TIM TEBOW, NFL PLAYER: I am going to urge you and ask you, when we leave 

here today, to do something. So I hope we leave in courage, but, dang, I 

hope we leave inspired. I hope we leave inspired to go attack the world. I 

hope we leave inspired to go bring faith, hope, and love to those all 

around the world. 

CONDOLEEZZA RICE, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: Pledge today to do something 

about making life better for those who have less than you do. I will tell 

you something. When you ask, why do I have so much, it is a much better 

foundation and you get there by looking at those and working with those who 

have less. It will never allow you to be entitled or grieved again. 

STERLING K. BROWN, ACTOR: Do not let the world convince you that you are 

anything less than what you know yourselves to be. This Aggie pride that 

you have, let it carry you from success to even greater success. There 

should be no dampening of this pride, only amplification.

JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: When I graduated, my two 

political heroes, Dr. King and Robert Kennedy, were gunned down. The 

Vietnam War divided the nation and families. We faced an inflection point 

and we did our best to seize the moment. Now you face another inflection 

moment. 

JIMMY DUNNE, VICE CHAIRMAN AND SENIOR MANAGING PRINCIPAL, PIPER SANDLER: 

The fashions that wash over higher education don't get far at this 

university. Our goal is an independent mind in the service of truth instead 

of fads and groupthink. The great problems and moral obligations of life 

are not suddenly discovered here. Those obligations have been the core 

purpose from the start. 

RUBY BRIDGES, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST: You see class of 2021, opportunity 

comes packaged in many boxes and it often shows up with no return address. 

The sender is history and she does not accept returns. Once the package is 

opened, you accept the gift and you embrace the demands attached to it. 

JOHN LEGEND, SINGER: When we live with this kind of love, when we lead with 

this kind of love, then one day, one day, one day when the glory comes, it 

will be ours, it will be ours. 

TIM ALLEN, ACTOR: Don't take life too seriously. I had made a living on 

that. And one of my best friends in the world will say, as I leave here, 

you guys are headed to infinity and beyond! 

Thank you.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WALLACE: And our best wishes to the students and the parents of the class 

of 2021. 

Before we go, my book, "Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the 

Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World" is now out in 

paperback just in time for Father's Day. It's a history thriller I think 

your dad will enjoy. 

And that's it for today. Have a great week and we'll see you next FOX NEWS 

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