Pompeo warns lawmakers about China’s alleged tactics to dodge COVID-19 blame

MADISON, Wis. — The Chinese Communist Party is crying xenophobia to avoid accountability for its handling of the coronavirus, while attempting to sow racial upheaval on US soil, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged Wednesday.

Pompeo made the allegation during remarks to the Wisconsin state Senate in Madison’s Capitol building, warning of a larger effort by the Chinese government to subvert American life.

“They … want you to believe that America’s righteous anger at the CCP over its handling of the coronavirus has something to do with race,” said Pompeo. “It does not. It has everything to do with citizens who are no longer with us, children who aren’t able to go back to school, jobs that have been lost.

“The CCP thinks it can drown out American cries for accountability with shouts of racism.”

Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee detailed in a Monday report — obtained early by The Post — how the Chinese government spent the early days of the outbreak in Wuhan destroying evidence, attempting to silence watchdogs and hiding the truth from international health experts.

Those actions potentially allowed the coronavirus to grow into a pandemic and cost hundreds of thousands of lives — implications that Chinese President Xi Jinping was happy to gloss over in a speech Tuesday before the United Nations General Assembly.


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