Pompeo Condemns China, Russia, Iran for Coronavirus Disinformation to ‘Disparage’ Trump Response

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On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned disinformation campaigns from China, Russia, and Iran that aim to “disparage” U.S. efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

A reporter asked Pompeo whether there is “any particular locus for this disinformation.”

“It’s pretty diffuse, unfortunately. But we’ve certainly seen it come from places like China, and Russia, and Iran, where there are coordinated efforts to disparage what America is doing and our activity to do all the things that President Trump has set in motion here,” Pompeo responded.

China’s Communist Party has blamed the U.S. for the virus, claiming that the coronavirus originated in the U.S., not in China. Trump has pushed back against this narrative by repeatedly referring to it as the “Chinese coronavirus.” Pompeo himself called it the “Chinese virus” early in his remarks. Yet many left-leaning American media outlets have repeated the Chinese propaganda line that calling the virus “Chinese” is racist.

In order to combat this disinformation, Pompeo suggested the American people should “go to trusted sources for their information.” He also said American officials have confronted the Chinese, Russian, and Iranian governments over the disinformation campaigns.

“We’ve made clear, we’ve spoken to these countries directly, that they need to knock it off, that we don’t approve of it,” the secretary of State said. “This idea of transparency and accurate information is very important.”

He went on to insist that confronting misinformation is not about retribution or politics but about saving lives.

“There’s been some discussion about China and what they knew and when they knew it, and I’ve been very critical. We need to know immediately, the world is entitled to know. The Chinese government was the first to know of this risk to the world and that sets a special obligation to make sure that that data gets to our scientists, our professionals,” he said.

“This is not about retribution,” Pompeo explained. “We need to make sure that, even today, the datasets that are available. … We talk about the absence of datasets, not being able to know what to do, and so when you see a delay in information flowing from the Chinese Communist Party, every moment of delay… creates risk to people all around the world.”

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25 thoughts on “Pompeo Condemns China, Russia, Iran for Coronavirus Disinformation to ‘Disparage’ Trump Response

    1. It’s true, I brought an SKS rifle home from the Vietnam War. It was made in Vietnam and is of inferior quality.

      1. Communists and ex-communists are inherently dishonest and have never learned to tell the truth. Comprehending the qualities of honesty and integrity escape them.

      2. RANGER IN VIETNAM. YOU SHOULD HAVE GOT THE RUSSIAN ONE. I DITCH MY M16 FOR AN AK 47.
        I WAS ALSO A SNIPER. RUSSIA WAS GIVING WEAPONS TO THE NORTH. THEY WANTED THE SOUTHS OPIUM FIELDS.
        CHINESE, WERE FIGHTING WITH THE VIET KONG. THOSE BASTARDS MADE THIS BIO WEAPON. IT HAS THE AIDS VIRUS MUTAITED INTO IT..

        1. I read early on that Wuhan Province in China has four Government Bio-labs. Bio-Labs? Are they developing biological bugs, germs there? I don’t remember were I read it, may have been Pop Science or the like. It’s strange I read this months before the outbreak. What I consider really strange is that Wuhan and a neighboring province (I think Hubie or something like that) were deeply affected with an incredible amount of cases yet the rest of China went pretty much unscathed in regard to the virus. Then somehow this virus jumped to the world community. Common sense would dictate most of China would have been infected before a country like Italy. The way the virus traveled doesn’t make sense and somehow China knew what to do before it was totally out of control in Italy. If AIDS is in this virus, how can that be explained?

          1. It’s because of the vast amount of international travel that it spread to Italy and the rest of the world. The Chinese probably have the lowest standards of hygiene In all of Asia. That’s why we have the Chinese virus. And they say the US Army took the corona virus to Wuhan. What lairs.

  1. The Chinese and Russians are the
    Co-authors of this attemptedl
    American Coup.
    When is the Trump White House
    Going to stop pandering to these
    Communista. It is so clear to see
    That they are being destroyed
    Economically by the Unite States.
    Iran has been decimated by
    Sanctiona, Russian oil sales have
    All but drained away because of U S
    fracking, chinese tarrifa are
    Beginning to bring our trade imbalance back to the scales.
    America is too successful in their eyes. The U S must be put in
    Check.-at any expense.
    China, Russia, Iran and North
    Korea are the World’s most Evil
    Enemy. To hold Americans and
    Citizens of any Capitalist countries
    Hostage in their own lands, is a
    Total exhibition of attempted
    World domination. These
    Communists must in their minds
    Must bring The free world to its knees.
    The new one world government
    Cannot take place as long as
    The United States and its allies
    Stand in the way. Evil Empires
    Flourish when fear is multiplied.
    The world is undergoing a change
    That will never let individualism
    Remain. Now is the time for the
    One world government to dictate
    The ideals of Marxism.
    The poison has been produced and
    Unleashed, and Kim Jung Un is
    Riding the ‘White Horse’.

    1. He should be held accountable too. He had access to scientific information as early as January that should have put the US on notice of the virus and how it was spread. Yet he publicly and repeatedly dismissed it and claimed it was a hoax by Dems and the media. He was wrong about that. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Now there is propaganda and misinformation circulating from disreputable sources that the virus was created by the CIA and unleashed on China. Of course this is wrong too. The propaganda wars are what they are but they are not based on science. The Trump administration should have recognized several weeks ago that the virus is nefarious and spreads quickly if steps are not taken to flatten the curve of its spread. It overwhelms public health systems. It has most places it has spread. A limited number of countries like South Korea appear to have taken it seriously and taken the necessary steps to arrest its spread. Others like Italy have not. Russia, China and North Korea are among the disinformation sources about the origin of the virus. That does not excuse the inaction of the Trump administration until this week to taken the coronovirus seriously and work to stop its spread. It’s a public health issues and must be dealt with accordingly. There’s enough blame to go around.

  2. I’ve heard the saying, Bo knows, but Bo doesn’t know anything except the propaganda that the liberal media give him. It’s a shame some people’s IQ are so low they can’t think for themselves. May God bless them, or better yet make them smarter.

  3. Any and all news agencies, broadcasters, digital news broadcasters, print newspapers, magazines, etc…all of them that broadcast propaganda during this time of a National Emergency should lose their licenses to do business, their broadcasting licenses and the people that are behind the propaganda should be brought up on charges of endangering the public. You can not yell FIRE in a crowded theater and they are doing the same thing AND have been doing it since January. They called it a hoax. Congress democrats called trump a racist because the virus was a hoax. These people should be held accountable and brought up on charges.

  4. Bella Pelosi, better known as Dracula. Sneaked in a 1 billion Dollar funding for Plan Parenthood (The abortion factory) in the Coronavirus bill. Never let a crisis go to waste is one of the Demoncrat 10 Satan Commandments.

    Wuhan Virus AKA: Coronavirus weaponized by China and their treasonous Godless demoncratic Commie party and cohorts the fake media, academia, Hollywood, Millennials…to crash the greatest US economy ever! And to take down the greatest president ever, President Trump!! Keep up the great work President Trump! 2020 and beyond! From the Patriots of a Commie Demoncrat free America!

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