(Liberty Bell) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is accusing the Chinese Communist Party of willfully denying vital public health information from the global community that is needed to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking with the Washington Watch radio program, Pompeo reiterated previous charges he’s made that Beijing delayed sharing information about the virus which robbed the global community of much-needed time to stop the spread of the virus and had “truly put thousands of lives at risk.”
Pompeo charged that the way China handled the crisis shone a very harsh light on the authoritarian way the single-party state is being run.
“My concern is that this cover-up, this disinformation that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in, is still denying the world the information it needs so that we can prevent further cases or something like this from recurring again,” he added, Reuters reported.
“The disinformation campaign from Russia and Iran as well as China continues,” he said. “They’re talking about it coming from the U.S. Army and they’re saying maybe it began in Italy, all things to deflect responsibility.”
This is not the first time Pompeo has called the Communist Chinese out for their response to the epidemic and accused them of withholding valuable information.
Last week, Breitbart reported that he bluntly accused the Chinese Communist Party of conducting what he called a “disinformation campaign” on the coronavirus.
He asserted that the Chinese government has blocked several international efforts to get a preliminary grasp on the pandemic. He said:
We have had an incredibly difficult time getting professional medical people in. You’ll recall early on, we offered to have America’s finest experts to travel there to assist them, to assist the World Health Organization. We weren’t permitted in. These are the kinds of things that the Chinese Communist Party has done that had put the world and the world’s people at risk. They haven’t been sufficiently transparent, and the risk, Sean, that you find, where if we don’t get this right, if we don’t get to the bottom of this, is this could — this could be something that’s repeatable, maybe not in this form, maybe not on this way, but transparency matters.
On Tuesday, Pompeo was no less blunt when describing how China may be held accountable for what they’ve done.
“The time will come for recriminations,” he said, although he added that what the world needs most is to know how to stem the spread of the virus.
“This is an ongoing global crisis, and we need to make sure that every country today is being transparent, sharing what’s really going on, so that the global community, the global health care, infectious disease community can begin to work on this in a holistic way.”
Pompeo hinted that “very important decisions” will have to be made about the future relationship between the US and China.
He explained that disruptions in the global supply chain have been due to companies “operating their supply chains out of China but not here in the United States.”
China, meanwhile, has always refuted any criticism of the way they’ve handled the virus.
Earlier this month, the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Communist Party’s propaganda arms lashed out at Pompeo for repeatedly using the term “Wuhan virus” to refer to the novel virus.
You may have noticed the Communist propaganda has been dutifully repeated by the American media and Democrats.
Disinformation is not only coming from random actors around the world – but also from the Chinese Communist Party, Russia, and the Iranian regime. We must not permit these efforts to undermine our democracy, our freedom, and how we're responding to the Wuhan Virus. pic.twitter.com/WtB2Isrkkf
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 20, 2020
The Global Times, a Chinese communist propaganda outlet, railed against Pompeo for his remarks, calling them, among other insults, “morally irresponsible,” “ridiculous,” and “rude.”
“As the chief U.S. diplomat, Pompeo insisted on speaking of the ‘Wuhan virus’ despite the opposition of WHO and international public opinion, in an attempt to arouse resentment among those affected countries against China,” the Global Times asserted.
“Pompeo’s move not only exposes malicious U.S. intentions toward China without regard to common sense, but also hits a new low in his personal conduct.”