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Pompeo blames China for hundreds of thousands of virus deaths

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By Humeyra Pamuk and David Brunnstrom

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If Pompeo keeps up the accusations on China like this (as deserved as they might be) I may just forget what an appalling job Trump did in protecting his own people or his self-serving ways.

But I doubt people will forget this anytime soon or even this coming November. Nice try though .....

{For those that need reminding: https://www.businessinsider.com/gop-memo-republican-campaigns-to-attack-china-for-covid-19-2020-4}

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On Wednesday, he said the United State did not have certainty, but there was significant evidence it came from the lab.

WMD redux.

Given Pompeo's position and access to top secret information it has to be assumed he, like Trump, was made well aware early on by US and other 'western' intelligence agencies of the virus, how lethal it was and how it was spreading.

But they continued to disregard the information they were given, concerned first about protecting themselves and their fellow elite and not at all about the general population.

Pompeo's doing a Trump pointing at 'otherguys' and covering himself while covering Trump and others in the Trump admin.

They're all accepting paychecks and the perks of their positions, while none is willing to accept even the tiniest responsibility for the mounting death toll and the destruction of the economy.

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China is responsible for this out break. Where are the news reporters in China??? All are evaporated . Rest are in the jail, no one knows where are those jails. The workers in that research center all not exist on this planet earth.

Still you want to believe the lies of China and their foot licking WHO. The head of the WHO is a strong communist leader. China is controlling WHO, China is buying UN and WTO and all the organizations. All those officials get paid by CHINA.

Finally Trump stood up to tell the truth. Most of the nations, the leading politicians all were recipients of Chinese black money and their mouth are shut.

The world have hope only in Trump.

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He's following the Republican Party strategy released last week - stop defending Trump and start attacking China.

He's a lizard and dangerous. The election in November has to turn these scoundrels out.

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Pompeo goes from “enormous evidence” to “We are all trying to figure out the right answer” in a couple of days.

What a dishonest Christian.

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If, as Mr. Pompeo asserts, the worldwide deaths are due to a Chinese cover-up, how is it that countries as varied as Singapore,Vietnam, HK, New Zealand, Australia, and Portugal, not to mention neighbors of the US like Canada, were so much more successful than the US in dealing with the virus? Certainly the US information and intelligence sources are far more exhaustive, and penetrating, than, e.g., those of New Zealand or Portugal. Perhaps it is that they looked to history and to science and not politics and bluster to confront a medical emergency. Perhaps it is that their leaders were not afraid to face the truth and make hard choices.

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The World Health Organization supported by the Global community wants a full/thorough independent investigation into the origins of this deadly devastating pandemic.

The Government of China has put every obstacle in its way. The scientists/clinical professionals that warned of the dangers, effectively blowing-the-whistle have either disappeared, been subject to house arrest or forced to retract their statements.

Lies and misinformation spew out of every propaganda orifice that the Communist Party of China can muster/summon. Threats, harassment, are the order of the day.

It is time for punitive action. It is time for the Government of China to be brought to account.

WHO official says agency not invited to take part in China's corona-virus investigation....

"The priority is we need to know as much as possible to prevent the re-occurrence," Dr. Gauden Galea said

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/who-official-says-agency-not-invited-take-part-china-s-n1197516

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Still waiting on the "enormous evidence" the virus came from the Wuhan lab.

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This angle would be going better for Trump if he had more credibility and if he had acted sooner.

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Pompeo has been fired out of Trump's cannon in the opening salvo of the Republicans' desperate fight for survival signalling the start of their election propaganda campaign against "Beijing Biden" and launching their trajectory of xenophobic attacks against the Chinese for infecting America and stealing millions of jobs in their nefarious attempt to destroy "the greatest economy in history of the world". This will be a tremendous blame game, the likes of which nobody has ever seen, but it won't work to remove the orange albatross hanging around the GOP's neck because all Joe just needs to say is the word, "Trumpware!" , show the smiling Xi eating Trump's chocolate cake, run ads of the Potus gushing words of praise for the Beijing bully, and Biden his time. The second wave will do the rest to wash away the orange stain from the Oval Office.

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Do not underestimate the 40% of population who believe 'Chinese' people are responsible for all misery caused by the coronavirus. And remember that, to them, 'Chinese' include all East Asians such as Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Singaporean, and etc. Politicians in any country at any time have been excellent in politicizing the pandemic to instigate and manipulate their people to hate each other except themselves.

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Only a compete cretinous ignoramus would believe or blame and entire peoples/continent for this tragedy/pandemic.

It is the actions of Leadership and Government that has to be brought to account.

This will require an UN/WHO independent drains up investigation. No less.   

Protestations of U S President Donald Trump or U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are of little consequence.

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@SJ

You are 100% correct in your diagnosis of the depths of ignorance and prejudice to which fearful mankind can sink when confronted by things it cannot understand, but this "ace in the hole" of rabble-rousing politicians may not work effectively against a world-wide pandemic and its unforeseen consequences for humanity if the saner voices of scientists and frontline workers are heeded.

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WMD redux. 

Different.

Given Pompeo's position and access to top secret information it has to be assumed he, like Trump, was made well aware early on by US and other 'western' intelligence agencies of the virus, how lethal it was and how it was spreading. 

From the information that was given to the US by Wuhan scientists.

But they continued to disregard the information they were given, concerned first about protecting themselves and their fellow elite and not at all about the general population.

Based on the lies the CCP told them and the rest of the world.

Pompeo's doing a Trump pointing at 'otherguys' and covering himself while covering Trump and others in the Trump admin. 

Doesn’t have to, Germany already sent a bill to the Chinese, everyone knows this is all a load of crock by the CCP, this has nothing to do with Trump as much as it has everything to do China.

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Attacks on people of Asian heritage are increasing and this doesn't help.

The Chinese authorities mishandled it, to begin with. But they have stepped up, unlike their counterparts in Washington who have sent out mixed messages, to say the least.

Still you want to believe the lies of China and their foot licking WHO. The head of the WHO is a strong communist leader. China is controlling WHO, China is buying UN and WTO and all the organizations. All those officials get paid by CHINA.

These statememnts are inflammatory and far removed from reality.

Finally Trump stood up to tell the truth. Most of the nations, the leading politicians all were recipients of Chinese black money and their mouth are shut.

Trump, like Xi, is self-serving and does not deal with truth, which is a problem for the rest of the world.

The world have hope only in Trump.

If that were true, we'd be doomed.

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Attacks on people of Asian heritage are increasing and this doesn't help.

No one is doing that. The attacks are on the Chinese....or if you want to be PC, the CCP to be more precise.

The Chinese authorities mishandled it, to begin with.

That is EXACTLY the crux of the entire issue and referring it to as it being mishandled is a gross understatement.

If that were true, we'd be doomed.

Garbage! Now for the CCP, that would tend to be true.

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Australia is often regarded as a lapdog of the US when it comes to foreign policy, but even the (right-wing) Australian government and intelligence community doesn't agree with the US on this one. And neither do the other countries in the Five Eyes intelligence sharing group, all of who accept their own expert opinions that the virus originated in a market, and not in a lab.

This is such an obvious ploy by the Trump administration to distract from its own stuff-ups in handling the epidemic. I don't think the US Govt even cares all that much about proving China is guilty in the way it says it's guilty - the noise and the rhetoric are the main show here, all in the cause of re-election come November.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-01/scott-morrison-donald-trump-coronavirus-wuhan-lab-claim/12207322

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Western intelligence agencies did not base their assessments off of information from “Wuhan scientists.”

Donny’s bumbling incompetence is also responsible for the poor response by the US, unless you think his incompetence is the fault of the CCP, which would mean he’s a stooge if the CCP.

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I thought China played a significant role in releasing this virus... until this pathological liar opened his mouth.

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Attacks on people of Asian heritage are increasing and this doesn't help.

Agreed. For those that deny this is happening, have a read:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pbs.org/newshour/amp/nation/asian-americans-describe-gut-punch-of-racist-attacks-during-coronavirus-pandemic

https://www.google.com/amp/s/abcnews.go.com/amp/US/wireStory/guns-gopros-asian-americans-seek-deter-attacks-70332274

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ndtv.com/world-news/coronavirus-rise-in-hate-crime-against-asian-americans-amid-pandemic-us-senators-2223329%3famp=1&akamai-rum=off

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.insider.com/man-forcibly-remove-asian-nurse-nyc-subway-cops-say-2020-5%3famp

And from the Holy Grail of mainstream media:

https://www.fox5ny.com/news/asian-americans-using-social-media-to-mobilize-against-attacks

https://www.foxnews.com/us/asian-americans-racist-acts-coronavirus.amp

https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/trump-dubs-covid-19-chinese-virus-despite-hate-crime-risks.amp

I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

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This is nonsense, this is taking the argument way out of contexT, so let’s be more specific, no one in the US government is attacking physically Asians in particular the Chinese for this virus, now people are making comments about the CCP but there is no one in Congress that is physically attacked any member of the Chinese government.

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Another of Donny's minions lying to keep his job!!

The only people to blame for the epidemic in America is Donny and his thought masters at Faux!!!

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Facts are facts, and shouldn't be hidden because of concerns that some people might misinterpret them to justify their existing racist attitudes.

Racism against Asians has been overlooked since way before Trump ever ran for office. They have constantly been at the butt end of racism from Democrats and Republicans alike. I still remember the Academy Awards a few years back, when they bent over backwards to be inclusive to black people. Yet Chris Rock's Asian joke using children as props got big laughs from the "progressive" audience.

You want racism to stop? Don't do it by hiding the truth. Educate the people around you.

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Another of Donny's minions lying to keep his job!!

Rice and Clinton were always honest, right? Lol

Racism against Asians has been overlooked since way before Trump ever ran for office. They have constantly been at the butt end of racism from Democrats and Republicans alike. I still remember the Academy Awards a few years back, when they bent over backwards to be inclusive to black people. Yet Chris Rock's Asian joke using children as props got big laughs from the "progressive" audience.

You want racism to stop? Don't do it by hiding the truth. Educate the people around you.

I definitely agree with that.

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Leading international infectious disease experts say that the novel coronavirus had not emerged from a lab, citing comparative analysis of genomic data. In other words, SARS COVID-2, as is called by scientists, is not a genome-altered strain. Therefore, the scientists conclude, the virus is not Wuhan lab-derived but comes of a natural origin, like bats sold at a wet market in Wuhan  (cf. CNN: "The Wuhan lab at the center of the US-China blame game: What we know and what we don 't" - CNN: May 6, 2020).

The catch is: Where did the Wuhan lab buy bats for collecting samples of virus strains and for experimentation?. Isn't there any possibility that an accident could have occurred in this process, that is, jumping from bats to humans? Nobody knows nor would be able to answer the question by now.

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Racism against Asians has been overlooked since way before Trump ever ran for office.

Agreed, but that wasn’t the point being argued. One poster correctly stated attacks on people of Asian heritage are increasing. Another poster said that was untrue. I then posted seven links, thread from the most mainstream media, that demonstrated attacks on people of Asian heritage are increasing.

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Rice and Clinton were always honest, right? Lol

Last time I checked none of them were the President, yet. ROFL.

Racism against Asians has been overlooked since way before Trump ever ran for office.

Donny talking about Chinese Americans as ' Us and Them ' hasn't helped.

Neither has his false claims about Pelosi partying in Chinatown. Somebody needs to tell Donny that Chinatown is in the US and most of the people living there are American citizens!!

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This war of words is really empty and futile efforts, and must be prevented from escalating into a full-fledged cold war.

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We are respoisible for our own action or inaction.

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Last time I checked none of them were the President, yet. ROFL.

But they weren’t honest either, far, far, far from it.

Donny talking about Chinese Americans as ' Us and Them ' hasn't helped.

Anyone even thinking about he is going after Chinese Americans to racially assault them is absolutely off the charts ludicrous.

Neither has his false claims about Pelosi partying in Chinatown.

Nope, she said it. Watch video, read the transcript. Her words, her mouth.

https://youtu.be/VAEfSHeH4Lc

Here are her words.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/pelosi-tweet-chinatown-tourism/

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi toured San Francisco’s Chinatown to send a message. She said there’s no reason tourists or locals should be staying away from the area because of coronavirus concerns.

“That’s what we’re trying to do today is to say everything is fine here,” Pelosi said. “Come because precautions have been taken. The city is on top of the situation” …

As Pelosi walked from the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory to lunch at a dim sum restaurant, she hugged friends and waved to onlookers. She downplayed the racism issue, saying she understands people are concerned about China – the epicenter of the novel coronavirus.

“But that shouldn’t be carried over to Chinatown in San Francisco,” she said. “I hope that it’s not that. But all I can say is, ‘I’m here.’ We feel safe and sound, so many of us coming here.”

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But they weren’t honest either, far, far, far from it.

Care to point out how they lied about the Covid epidemic???

Anyone even thinking about he is going after Chinese Americans to racially assault them is absolutely off the charts ludicrous.

How about someone who thinks racists are 'Very Fine People' !!!

Nope, she said it. Watch video, read the transcript. Her words, her mouth.

So greeting Chinese Americans on the Chinese New Year is a crime now???

And you do understand Chinatown is in SF which is a part of the US right?

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She specifically went there to contradict Trump assertion that is was dangerous outside.

Totally wrong.

She obviously wasnt mentioning safe as from crime, but safe as from coronavirus. 

So people should avoid Chinatown because there is an epidemic in China!!!

And then the nutters claim Donny is not bashing Asian Americans!!!

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Rice and Clinton were always honest, right? Lol

compared Trump lies they were saints, then we have that other Republican Bush who used the biggest lie about WMD in Iraq, ended up with 500000 dead

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There are a lot of critical and accurate remarks we could be saying about China, but those comments can’t be heard over the din of blowhard nonsense coming out of Pompeo and other goofballs in this administration.

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compared Trump lies they were saints,

This is the catch with Donny fans complaining that anyone else lies. Compared to Donny, 90% of the world is completely honest.

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"This is worse than Pearl Harbor. This is worse than the World Trade Center,"

PH was a surprise attack. WTC was a surprise attack. This virus was known all the way back in December (or even earlier). I certainly knew, just by watching and reading the news. Does the man-child only rely on Twitter and Fox News only?

bassfunk:

Attacks on people of Asian heritage are increasing and this doesn't help.

No one is doing that. The attacks are on the Chinese....or if you want to be PC, the CCP to be more precise.

What planet are you living on? Don't tell me, you're blind to racism. Shall I show you the links to non-Chinese Asians and individual Chinese who have been physically assaulted?

Something tells me you're next going to say you have a Chinese BFF.

let’s be more specific, no one in the US government is attacking physically Asians

Oh, thank you. Very kind of you to point that out.

The Avenger:

If, as Mr. Pompeo asserts, the worldwide deaths are due to a Chinese cover-up, how is it that countries as varied as Singapore,Vietnam, HK, New Zealand, Australia, and Portugal, not to mention neighbors of the US like Canada, were so much more successful than the US in dealing with the virus?

Now, now. You shouldn't be bringing up facts. The man-child might not give himself 10 out of 10.

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voiceofokinawa:

The catch is: Where did the Wuhan lab buy bats for collecting samples of virus strains and for experimentation?. Isn't there any possibility that an accident could have occurred in this process, that is, jumping from bats to humans? Nobody knows nor would be able to answer the question by now.

The answer is here. It's in the Scientific American - non-partisan enough for most readers, I hope.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-chinas-bat-woman-hunted-down-viruses-from-sars-to-the-new-coronavirus1/

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Sycophants and liars like Pompeo, Pence and Barr will be hyperactive over the next few months.

Donny's going to get hammered big time in the polls and his pack of rats will make noise before jumping ship.

Get your popcorn out, this will be fun.

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