The top U.S. diplomat turns pandemic bully
The rhetoric is in keeping with Pompeo’s aggressive anti-Beijing posture. In late January, Pompeo said during a speech in London that “the Chinese Communist Party is the central threat of our times.” In the weeks that followed, as the outbreak that emerged in China morphed into a global pandemic, Pompeo maintained a hard line, spoiling a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven nations with his insistence on branding it the “Wuhan virus” in the group’s joint statement.
The Chinese Communist Party continues to block access to the Western world, the world’s best scientists, refusing to cooperate with world health experts, to figure out exactly what happened. This unacceptable during an ongoing threat, an ongoing pandemic. pic.twitter.com/qa156CfTAB
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) May 3, 2020
The U.S. intelligence community has cast doubt on the possibility of the virus being “man-made” or genetically modified. “While intelligence analysts and many scientists see the lab-as-origin theory as technically possible, no direct evidence has emerged suggesting that the coronavirus escaped from Wuhan’s research facilities,” <a …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]