(ThePatriotSource.Com)- In what were some of the most direct remarks yet by a U.S. government official about China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he believes the Communist Party in China is withholding vital information that is needed to help other countries prevent disaster.
On a Washington Watch radio program, he said China needs to cease “politicizing” the pandemic and defaming its country. He had previously said he believed the government was delaying information sharing, and that caused an increase risk to people around the world who are not suffering from the virus, and “truly put thousands of lives at risk.”
“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.”
Pompeo also slammed other corrupt governments that he said are handling the coronavirus outbreak around the world incorrectly:
“The disinformation campaign from Russia and Iran as well as China continues. 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 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.”
For its part, China has repeatedly said that it has been honest about the coronavirus situation, even as officials from the country apparently urged local community leaders not to hide statistics about the outbreak. Geng Shuang, the country’s foreign ministry spokesman, said China has shared all its information with the World Health Organization as well as other countries, and that it has been extremely transparent.
He fired back at the United States:
“We urge the U.S. to cease politicizing the epidemic, and cease attacking and defaming China.”
Even with that criticism, Shuang mislabeled the situation. The World Health Organization labeled the coronavirus outbreak a worldwide pandemic — not an epidemic — weeks ago.
Pompeo said there would be “very important decisions” to be made in the future about the structure of the U.S. relationship with China. One of the main concerns of Pompeo, and others in Washington, are challenges America is currently facing because of companies that are “operating their supply chains out of China but not here in the United States,” Pompeo said.
This has become a hot-button issue of late as the U.S. is reliant on China for medical supplies and even some active ingredients in some of the most popular medications. With the coronavirus outbreak, this has taken control out of the country’s hands and put it in China’s.
President Donald Trump specifically commented on this issue at a recent coronavirus task force daily briefing, saying the U.S. “should never been reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival. Our goal for the future must be to have American medicine for American patients, American supplies for American hospitals.”