The Chinese Communist Party must tell the world how coronavirus escaped their country and wreaked devastation all around the world, but instead, it's engaging in "classic Communist disinformation," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday in response to statements coming from China, including from a senior official slamming President Donald Trump's response to the pandemic.
"They know that this happened in their country," Pompeo told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "The Chinese people were harmed by this too. There were journalists kicked out, we know that there were doctors who tried to tell this story. Instead, they were pushed aside, covered up, taken out of the news."
In an interview airing Wednesday on NBC's "Today," Executive Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng criticized Trump and denied that China covered up the initial outbreak. He also said China should not be held financially liable, as it was a natural disaster.
"I saw the foreign ministry official this morning on TV, trying to change the narrative," Pompeo said. "We know that the virus started in Wuhan, China."
Trump on Monday vowed that the United States would be seeking reparations from China, and Pompeo told Fox News that it is heartening to see Australia and other countries demanding an investigation into the beginnings of the pandemic which has killed more than 200,000 people worldwide.
Pompeo said there also are concerns that future pandemics could launch if action is not taken, as "there are still many labs operating inside of China today. The world needs to know that we won't see a repeat of this."
Meanwhile, there are still issues with the China trade deal, as the country keeps making promises and breaking them, said Pompeo.
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