Pompeo: WHO sided with Chinese and failed to prevent pandemic
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By Jenny Goldsberry
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Sunday Night in America to talk China with host Trey Gowdy. The interview naturally flowed to the origins of the COVID-19 virus.
“I think the most likely case is it came from this laboratory and then the Chinese Communist Party covered it up,” Pompeo told Gowdy. “They were conducting bioweapons research there, this is really dangerous stuff.”
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Meanwhile, with accusations of starting a global pandemic looming over them, the Wuhan Virology Institute hasn’t slowed down. “As far as I know, that lab is still operating,” Pompeo said.
Gowdy asked Pompeo if the U.S. has any leveraging power with China that would open the door to further investigations. The former Secretary of State said: “we have many.”
“It started for us with getting out of the World Health Organization, an institution that utterly failed in the one job that it had: preventing a pandemic,” Pompeo said. “At a moment of crisis, at the crunch point, they sided with Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party and not with the world and their mission statement.”
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Moreover, Pompeo added that there are economic tools that could arouse cooperation. “You know, the Chinese leadership, Trey, loves nothing better than to have their children study in our schools or their wives come shop here in the U.S.,” Pompeo said. “We have lots of ways to impose real cost on the Chinese Communist Party.”
But, even the former secretary admitted “it’s gonna be difficult because the Chinese Communist Party does not want us to know what happened yet. They began the cover-up at least by early January of 2020 for sure.” He said he hoped to see a “brave Chinese person” who can leak the information someday.
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The Biden administration is taking action against perpetrators of the overwhelming fentanyl crisis in the United States. In a statement released Tuesday, the Treasury Department announced it has “sanctioned several individuals and entities in China and Mexico that are supporting the fentanyl crisis in the U.S.”
“Treasury’s sanctions target every stage of the deadly supply chain fueling the surge in fentanyl poisonings and deaths across the country,” Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson said in the sanctions announcement. “Counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl constitute a leading cause of these deaths, devastating thousands of American families each year. We remain committed to using all authorities against enablers of illicit drug production to disrupt this deadly global production and counter the threat posed by these drugs.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that the sanctions targeted Youli Technology Development Co., Ltd. (尤里科技发展有限公司) (Youli) along with three Youli-affiliated Chinese nationals, Guo Chunyan (郭春艳), Guo Yunnian (郭运年), and Guo Ruiguang (郭瑞光), all located in Huizhou, China, for supplying pill presses to individuals in the U.S.
The sanctions also targeted Tdpmolds, an online business controlled by Zhao Dongdong (赵冬冬) (Zhao), a Chinese national in Yantai, China., Chinese nationals and entities Zhao, Pan Hao (潘昊) (Pan), Yantai Yixun International Trade Co., Ltd. (烟台易迅国际贸易有限公司) (Yantai Yixun) and Yantai Mei Xun Trade Co., Ltd. (烟台美讯商贸有限公司) (Yantai Mei Xun).
Tdpmolds supplied pill presses and dies for counterfeit pill production operations in the U.S., according to the Treasury Department. Pan sold some of Tdpmolds’ products in 2019 and 2020 to U.S. counterfeit pill manufacturers, and Yantai Yixun provided equipment to U.S. manufacturers of scheduled drugs.
Mexican individuals who received sanctions include Mario Ernesto Martinez Trevizo (Martinez), Cinthia Adriana Rodriguez Almeida (Rodriguez) and Ernesto Alonso Macias Trevizo (Macias). Martinez managed a pill press operation in Mexico, which Macias also worked for, with ties to the notorious Sinaloa cartel and worked with Yason electronics, which supplied pill presses and molds for counterfeit pills. Rodriguez held a senior position with a pill press supplier also tied to Yason electronics.
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