Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Chinese Communist Party has hid crucial information about the novel coronavirus 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 said in an interview with a Washington Watch program.
Pompeo made it clear it isn’t just the Chinese Communist Party that is the problem. “The disinformation campaign from Russia and Iran as well as China continues,” Pompeo 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.”
Pompeo isn’t the only person asking for awareness on this issue.
Senator Josh Hawley put forward a resolution calling for an “international investigation into the handling by the Government of the People’s Republic of China of COVID–19 and the impact of handling COVID–19 in that manner on the people of the United States and other nations.”
Proud to partner w/ @EliseStefanik @RepStefanik to introduce this bicameral resolution calling for #China to compensate USA and all affected countries for the harm & destruction the Communist Party unleashed w/ their lies & deception about #coronavirus https://t.co/BbOjy8pwbC
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 24, 2020
“The Communist government of China knowingly withheld critical information needed to combat the spread of the Chinese-born COVID-19 and to this day continues to spread lies and disinformation on the origin of the deadly virus,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik, a member of the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees.
Stefanik continued saying that China must be held accountable for its “unconscionable” actions:
There is no doubt that China’s unconscionable decision to orchestrate an elaborate coverup of the wide-ranging and deadly implications of coronavirus led to the death of thousands of people, including hundreds of Americans and climbing. This Resolution calls for China to provide compensation for the harm, loss, and destruction their arrogance brought upon the rest of the world. Simply put – China must, and will, be held accountable.
“The time will come for recriminations,” Pompeo said earlier Tuesday.
Pompeo concluded, “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.”