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Pompeo: China spreading misinformation of origins, scale of COVID-19 outbreak

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Washington. Pompeo said Wednesday that the Group of Seven members were all aware of China’s “disinformation campaign” regarding the coronavirus outbreak, as the two countries dispute the origins of the disease. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)

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UPDATED 11:21 AM PT — Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently slammed Mainland China for attempting to avoid responsibility for the coronavirus outbreak. While speaking at the State Department Wednesday, he noted that the Group of Seven is fully aware of China’s failure to prevent spread of the virus.

Pompeo added that Beijing has tried to cover-up the outbreak. The secretary stressed China was fully aware of risks posed by the virus, but did not inform the international community until it was too late.

“We still need good information from the Chinese Communist Party about what has taken place there and the level of the virus that continues inside of that country,” he stated. “We need accurate, transparent information just like we’re demanding from every country around the world. ”

Pompeo stressed the international community will have to investigate the origins of this latest outbreak after the virus is defeated.

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