Pompeo Takes China to Task Over New Reports About How the Wuhan Coronavirus Began
"What we do know is we know that this virus originated in Wuhan, China. We know there is the Wuhan Institute of Virology just a handful of miles away from where the wet market was," Pompeo told Fox News' Martha MacCallum. "There is still lots to learn. The United States government is working diligently to figure it out."
"What we really need is the Chinese government to open up. They say they want to cooperate and one of the best ways they could find to cooperate would be to let the world in, to let the world's scientists know exactly how this came to be, exactly how this virus began to spread," the Secretary of State explained.
According to Pompeo, the Chinese Community Party did the world a disservice by not alerting other leaders about the Wuhan coronavirus sooner. It took them days before they brought the information to light. During that time, people were still traveling and moving around like normal, which added to the spread of the virus.
The Secretary of State said he has spoken with his counterparts across the world, and everyone is in agreement that China deliberately withheld information.
"It's very difficult to make the case that there was anything but absence of shared information in a timely fashion. It didn't just put Americans at risk. It put people around the world at risk," Pompeo explained. "... The Chinese government needs to come clean. It needs to be held accountable and needs to explain what happened and why it is the case that that information wasn't made more broadly available."