Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he is '"very confident" that the Chinese government will pay a price for coronavirus crisis in an interview with Sean Hannity.
SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: Here’s our Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who joins us. You know, Mr. Secretary I’ve seen a lot, you know, I wrote a book “Deliver Us From Evil”, 2004. I talked about over 100 million people killed in the last century alone and I look at this, when they stopped travel from Wuhan to the rest from China, from China to Wuhan but they left that open internationally. Then they scooped up all of the protective gear and now profiteering and then they kept the virus and lied to the world and it hurt all of us and all these people dying when you said to me you would have helped them. I am so angry. Words cannot describe my anger.
MIKE POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE: Yes, Sean. That’s -- that’s appropriate that you’re angry. I think many of us are angry. I know the president feels the same way. China caused an enormous amount of pain, loss of life and now a huge challenge for the global economy and the American economy as well by not sharing the information they had. Sean, you should know, we still don’t have full transparency from the Chinese Communist Party. I’m so concerned that there are things we don’t know. We don’t know the history. We haven’t been able to get our team on the ground to do the work that it needs to do. This is an ongoing challenge and the Chinese Communist Party and the World Health Organization have failed to do the things they have the responsibility to do. There’s a pandemic inside of the country.
HANNITY: OK. Now the question is, how do we -- how do we get them to make up for this, make good on this? Now they do hold a lot of our debt. My, look, I’m not involved in what you do. You’re a lot smarter than me, number one in West Point. OK. So I will -- I will seed this territory to you. My feeling is we shouldn’t pay it back. Maybe that’s impossible.
POMPEO: Sean, I am very confident that the Chinese Communist Party will pay a price for what they did here certainly from the United States. I don’t know exactly what form that will take. Our focus today isn’t on that, it’s on making sure we keep America safe, take down the health risk, keep people healthy as we can and get this economy going back. But I’m very confident. I talk to businesspeople all around the country. I talk to ordinary citizens. People who have put their lives at risk over the last weeks. They know that this is a result of this virus that originated in Wuhan, China and they know that the Chinese government didn’t do the things it needed to do.
There will be a cost associated with that. We need to focus on the here and now and there’ll be a time to make sure that we get this right to make sure that we’re not dependent on China for our pharmaceutical goods and all the things that we’ve seen that we just didn’t have right and that President Trump had identified early on as things we needed to fix in the relationship between the United States and China.
HANNITY: You knew -- you knew pretty early and was probably the -- the loudest critic of China. You probably can’t answer this, so I won’t waste a lot of time on it. Private conversations, how direct are you and the president being with China?
POMPEO: Very direct. They know precisely what it is that we’ve observed. We know what we’ve -- they know what we’ve asked them to do to try and make sure that we don’t have an ongoing problem. Remember Sean, there are multiple virus labs inside of China. We need to make sure we understand what’s going on in all of those the one in Wuhan and elsewhere too. We have to make sure that we don’t have this problem yet again coming from China. It’s a very dangerous situation. We’ve made clear our expectation. I’ve seen the president do it.