Pompeo Blames China For US Outbreak, Says Lack Of Transparency “Left Us Behind The Curve”

Friday, March 6, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Fri, 03/06/2020

Mike Pompeo was the featured guest on “Squawk Box” Friday morning, and when asked about China’s grandiose claims about the country’s virus-fighting efforts, the Secretary of State accused the Communist Party leaders of deliberately delaying the sharing of data and other information that would have been of “great benefit” to the US during the early days of the outbreak.

Though he didn’t offer much in the way of specifics, Pompeo said China’s foot-dragging left the US “behind the curve” as it sought to contain the first signs of an incipient outbreak in January.

Working with the Chinese throughout the outbreak has been “incredibly frustrating,” Pompeo said, even as scientists sought to get information “which will ultimately be the solution to both getting the vaccine and attacking this risk.”

Over in China, state media is touting the Communist Party’s ‘triumph’ over the virus as areas and cities impose travel bans on foreigners as part of China’s national exercise in gloating. China once slammed the US’s travel restrictions and mandatory screenings and quarantines as “racist”, citing the WHO’s declaration that they weren’t appropriate at the time (Europe followed that advice and look how it turned out: every state on the Continent has confirmed at least one case, except for Slovakia).

Now, Chinese news anchors are telling the population that the global community owes a debt of gratitude to China for its “sacrifice” in containing the outbreak (referring to the draconian crackdown instituted by Chinese officials).

Apparently, the domestic propaganda channels are overlooking the fact that the virus originated in China and the government’s slow response unleashed the disease on the world.

As Pompeo added, Communist Party officials have confirmed that the virus came from Wuhan, even as China’s party-backed conspiracists continue to tout rumors that the virus was a tool invented by the Americans.

As he added, he calls the virus “the Wuhan virus” to remind the world where it came from.

“No less authority than the Chinese Communist Party said it came from Wuhan,” Pompeo said. “So don’t take Mike Pompeo’s word for it. We have pretty high confidence that we know where this began.”

“We have high confidence, too, that there was information that could have been made available more quickly and data that could have been provided and shared among health professionals across the world,” Pompeo added. “It’s most unfortunate.”

Pompeo blasted China for its lack of transparency.

“That’s not the way infectious disease doctors tell me it should work. It’s not the way America works with transparency and openness and the sharing of the information that needs to take place.”

In other Pompeo-related news, liberals were losing their minds on twitter over Pompeo’s interview with Fox News last night, where he took shots at Hillary Clinton’s “unlawful” behavior (now that Biden has a chance, many are reviving hopes that Clinton might be picked as VP contender).

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