Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said G-7 foreign ministers agreed with him in a virtual meeting Wednesday that China is waging a "disinformation" campaign about the coronavirus pandemic.
"Every one of the nations that were at that meeting this morning was deeply aware of the disinformation campaign that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in to try and deflect from what has really taken place here," Pompeo told reporters.
Pompeo said that some Chinese government sources implying the virus is an American bio-weapon was "Crazy Talk."
"China was the first country to know about the risk to the world from this virus," Pompeo said. "And they repeatedly delayed sharing that information with the globe."
"We desperately want to work with every country around the world -- this is a global pandemic. This is something the United States wants to work wit ever core, including China, to keep as ay people alive ad healthy, and then to restore or economies that have been decimated by the Wuhan virus."
"Today is not the day for recriminations and accountability. We need to make clear the information available to everyone in the world," he said. "We still need good information from the Chinese communist party about what has taken place there... but there will be a right time after we manage to address this crisis."
Pompeo's full briefing: