Pompeo accuses China, Russia and Iran of spreading coronavirus disinformation

  
Via:  heartland-american  •  one week ago  •  22 comments

By:   Tyler Olsen

Pompeo accuses China, Russia and Iran of spreading coronavirus disinformation
"It's pretty diffused, unfortunately," Pompeo said of where the false information is coming from. "But we've certainly seen it come from places like China and Russia and Iran, where there are coordinated efforts to disparage what America is doing and our activity to do all the things President Trump has set in motion here."

America must have a unified effort against the disinformation campaign coming out of China, Russia, and Iran against the United States of America and our handling of the Chinese virus.  Pompeo is right to call them out and stand tall and proud of our efforts in this fight China imposed upon us. 


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Secretary of State  Mike Pompeo  blamed China, Russia and Iran for spreading disinformation about the  coronavirus  in a  White House  coronavirus task force briefing Friday as he asked Americans to make sure they are getting their information from reputable sources.

The comments from Pompeo are a continuation of what has been a tough stance from the secretary of state as the Trump administration has gone back-and-forth with China on who is to blame for the virus' spread. Trump has called the coronavirus the "Chinese virus" repeatedly, including Friday, referencing the disease's origins in Wuhan, China. That has drawn objections from both China itself and some left-leaning Americans who claim the terminology is racist.

"It's pretty diffused, unfortunately," Pompeo said of where the false information is coming from. "But we've certainly seen it come from places like China and Russia and Iran, where there are coordinated efforts to disparage what America is doing and our activity to do all the things President Trump has set in motion here."

Earlier in the press conference, Pompeo implored Americans to seek information from dependable outlets, citing a falsehood peddled by China that the coronavirus originated with the U.S. military.

"Finally, I want to talk about the disinformation that people are seeing on Twitter, around the world," Pompeo said. "Some of it coming from governments, some of it coming from other individuals. I just urge everyone as they are seeing the information -- information that at one time suggested somehow this virus emanated from the United States Army -- this information about lockdowns that are taking place. Every American, indeed people all around the world, should ensure that where they turn to for information is a reliable source and not a bad actor trying to create a flow of information that they know is wrong."

Later in the briefing, Pompeo continued: "We've made clear we've spoken to these countries directly that they need to knock it off, that we don't approve of it.”  

President Trump also addressed China's role in the outbreak during the task force briefing: As a reporter began asking Trump about what he has been calling the coronavirus -- the "Chinese virus" -- Trump interrupted her and went out of his way to praise Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"It's unfortunate that this got out of control," Trump said of the virus. "It came from China, it got out of control. Some people are upset. I know President Xi. He loves China. He respects the United States and I have to say I respect China greatly and I respect President XI."

Trump has largely refrained from criticizing Xi directly both during the coronavirus pandemic and throughout his presidency, but Trump has gone out of his way to refer to the coronavirus as the "Chinese Virus" in recent days as American officials, including members of his administration, have taken a tough stance against China on its apparent propaganda campaign to distract from the fact that its lack of transparency in the early stages of the outbreak significantly contributed to the virus' worldwide spread.

China also moved to expel a subset of American journalists from the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal earlier this week.

On Monday, Pompeo called on People’s Republic of China Politburo member Yang Jiechi to push back on a tweet from the deputy director-general for the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Information Department. The deputy director-general, Lijian Zhao,  tweeted  that the United States military might be responsible for the coronavirus. He provided no evidence to that effect.

Additionally, several GOP lawmakers and officials, including Pompeo, have referred to the coronavirus as the "Wuhan virus" or the "Chinese coronavirus." Meanwhile, multiple members of Congress -- from both parties -- have introduced bills seeking to reduce Ameican dependence on Chinese medical supplies.

"The Chinese Communist Party threatened to cut off America’s access to vital drugs in the midst of a  pandemic  caused by its own failures," Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said in a statement announcing his version of a bill to move more of America's medical supply chain stateside. "It’s time to pull America’s supply chains for life-saving medicine out of China and make the CCP pay for contributing to this global emergency.

Tyler Olson covers politics for FoxNews.com. 

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Donald J. Trump Fan #1
1  seeder  Donald J. Trump Fan #1    one week ago
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As @ khamenei_ir knows, the best biological defense would’ve been to tell the Iranian people the truth about the Wuhan virus when it spread to # Iran from China. Instead, he kept Mahan Air flights coming and going to the epicenter in China, and jailed those who spoke out.

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump Fan #1
1.1  seeder  Donald J. Trump Fan #1  replied to  Donald J. Trump Fan #1 @1    one week ago
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The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to expel journalists from China and Hong Kong is yet another step toward depriving the Chinese people and the world of access to true information about China. (1/2)

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2  XDm9mm    one week ago
"But we've certainly seen it come from places like China and Russia and Iran, where there are coordinated efforts to disparage what America is doing and our activity to do all the things President Trump has set in motion here."

Tell me the Peoples Liberation Army of the Peoples Republic of China (aka Communist China), the FSB operating under the watchful eyes of Vladimir Putin now President of Russia, formerly KGB Colonel, and the Imams of Iran who continually call for the death of America and Israel wouldn't do such a dastardly thing as lie to their people and the world about the genesis of the Communist China Wuhan coronavirus COVID19.   

Damn, my admiration (//S//)  for those lowlife scumbag thugs has been totally destroyed

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump Fan #1
2.1  seeder  Donald J. Trump Fan #1  replied to  XDm9mm @2    5 days ago

And yet many on the American left would rather trust those people from those three countries rather than our own President on these matters.  

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3  JohnRussell    one week ago

Why are so many of your seeds about China? 

 Are you trying to distract from what is going on in this country? 

If we all say China sucks and it  is all their fault, is that going to chase the virus away from America? 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3.1  XDm9mm  replied to  JohnRussell @3    one week ago
Why are so many of your seeds about China? 

To that, most would reply:  Why are ALL your seeds about Trump?

 Are you trying to distract from what is going on in this country? 

I would say definitely not.  China was the ground zero of the virus that is currently affecting the WORLD and it should most certainly be the center of attention.  What is going on on this country is the best response possible given the circumstances.   Trump could declare martial law and take complete control of everything, but he's just doing what we need when we need it, hoping that will be sufficient.  If not, take the next incremental step, then the next.  But with your hind sight being 20/20, anything done will be wrong.  

Here's a hint JR.  Accounting for inflation, those armchair generals of old aren't a dime a dozen any longer, now they're worth about a dime a gross.

If we all say China sucks and it  is all their fault, is that going to chase the virus away from America? 

If it were only that easy JR.   

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  XDm9mm @3.1    one week ago

Trump is far more relevant to Americans than China is. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3.1.2  JohnRussell  replied to  XDm9mm @3.1    one week ago
What is going on on this country is the best response possible given the circumstances.   Trump could declare martial law and take complete control of everything, but he's just doing what we need when we need it, hoping that will be sufficient.

Trump would much rather see the governors and mayors do everything. If that were the case, first of all he could blame the governors and mayors if things go off the deep end.  Secondly , he can take credit for himself if things go well. He wouldnt deserve the credit in that case, but this is a man who has never seen "credit" from the public that he doesnt want to take. 

Trump wants to cross his fingers and hope it stops soon.  His good moves come when he is forced to. 

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3.1.3  XDm9mm  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.2    one week ago
Trump would much rather see the governors and mayors do everything. If that were the case, first of all he could blame the governors and mayors if things go off the deep end.  Secondly , he can take credit for himself if things go well. He wouldnt deserve the credit in that case, but this is a man who has never seen "credit" from the public that he doesnt want to take.  Trump wants to cross his fingers and hope it stops soon.  His good moves come when he is forced to. 

Your head would literally explode if President Trump ordered anything like Cuomo or Newsom has.   

Then you would be pissing and moaning about how dare he.

As is often said JR, there is no satisfying the Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers of America.  They will always find something to complain about.  If they don't do so on a daily basis, additional life disappointments come to the fore and further disrupt their lives.

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump Fan #1
3.1.4  seeder  Donald J. Trump Fan #1  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.1    one week ago

The people and media of America can support our government and it’s efforts to navigate the mess China gave us by their incompetence or malignant motives or echo Chinese propaganda.  

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump Fan #1
3.1.5  seeder  Donald J. Trump Fan #1  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.1    6 days ago

Trump is doing a great job leading the fight against the Chinese virus for the American people and to confront Chinese and democrat party propaganda which all too often are the same message.  

 
 
 
Ozzwald
3.1.6  Ozzwald  replied to  Donald J. Trump Fan #1 @3.1.5    6 days ago
Trump is doing a great job leading the fight against the Chinese virus for the American people and to confront Chinese and democrat party propaganda which all too often are the same message.

Then where are all the COVID-19 test kits?  Why is the US so far behind every other country in testing?  That is not leading, that is far far into last place.

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bugsy
3.2  bugsy  replied to  JohnRussell @3    one week ago
Why are so many of your seeds about China? 

Why are ALL of your seeds about Trump?

If you keep saying Trump sucks, everything is his fault and posting the same "I hate Trump" rhetoric day in and day out, would that make Trump go away?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3.2.1  JohnRussell  replied to  bugsy @3.2    one week ago

Are you saying Trump is a destructive, poisonous virus?

 
 
 
bugsy
3.2.2  bugsy  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.1    one week ago

No, quite the contrary. I am pointing out that your post 3 says that if people stop posting anti China seeds, maybe they think it will make the virus get out of the US. It looks like you think the same that if you keep posting "I hate Trump", that will make Trump leave office.

Neither will happen, the latter much to your dismay.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3.2.3  XDm9mm  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.1    one week ago
Are you saying Trump is a destructive, poisonous virus?

He's living and breathing in the minds of Trump haters continually making them mad and the successes he's had were very beneficial viruses.  so bring on more JR bring on more.

 
 
 
bbl-1
3.2.4  bbl-1  replied to  XDm9mm @3.2.3    one week ago

What successes?

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump Fan #1
3.2.5  seeder  Donald J. Trump Fan #1  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.1    one week ago

No, that would be his domestic disloyal opposition.  

 
 
 
Ozzwald
3.2.6  Ozzwald  replied to  XDm9mm @3.2.3    6 days ago
He's living and breathing in the minds of Trump haters continually making them mad and the successes he's had were very beneficial viruses. 

And you can hear him breathing and sniffing every time he is on camera.

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump Fan #1
3.2.7  seeder  Donald J. Trump Fan #1  replied to  bbl-1 @3.2.4    5 days ago

There are many successes in the Trump Administration.  It has been a positive force for America and the American people. 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
3.2.8  Ozzwald  replied to  Donald J. Trump Fan #1 @3.2.7    5 days ago
There are many successes in the Trump Administration.

Care to name a few?  FYI, employee retention is definitely not one of them.

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump Fan #1
4  seeder  Donald J. Trump Fan #1    one week ago

The American people must have a unified effort against the disinformation campaign coming out of China, Russia, and Iran against the United States of America and our handling of the Chinese Wuhan virus.  Pompeo is exactly right to call them out on their crap and stand tall and proud of our national efforts in this fight China has  imposed upon us. 

 
 
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