Chinese Communist Party disinformation effort created enormous risk: US State Secretary

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“We can confirm that the Chinese Communist Party did all that it could to make sure that the world didn’t learn in a timely fashion about what was taking place.  There’s lots of evidence of that.  Some of it you can see in public,” United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview with ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos on May 3.

“We’ve seen announcements.  We’ve seen the fact that they kicked journalists out.  We saw the fact that those who were trying to report on this – medical professionals inside of China – were silenced,” US Secretary Pompeo added.

“They shut down reporting.  All the kind of things that authoritarian regimes do.  It’s the way the Communist Party has operated.  This is classic communist disinformation effort,” he said.

“That created enormous risk, and now you can see hundreds of thousands of people around the world, tens of thousands in the United States, have been harmed.  President Trump is very clear:  We’re going to hold those responsible accountable and we’ll do so on a timeline that is our own,” Pompeo explained.