United States (US) State Department Secretary Michael R. Pompeo said in an interview with Tony Perkins of Washington Watch, March 24, that the Chinese Communist Party’s cover-up and disinformation regarding COVID-19 is denying the world with needed information.
“When we go back and look at this, we will, I think, all find out who was transparent, who was straightforward in the course of this moving forward. We can see – and you referred to this earlier – the cover-up effort continues; 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,” he added.
Pompeo explained that “while the time will come for recriminations, we’ve got to work our way forward. But the world needs to understand what’s really going on, because it’s still important.”
“It’s still important to have transparency even today. 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,” he said.
“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.