U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of trying to suppress information about the CCP Virus and therefore put countless lives in the world at risk.

In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday night, March 18, Pompeo was responding to a question mentioning that China’s officials have accused the U.S. military for bringing the CCP Virus to Wuhan.

“This disinformation campaign, which began when we began to call out this risk that was created not only for the Chinese people, but now we can see people all across the world where the Chinese government knew about this risk, had identified it, they were the first to know, and they wasted valuable days at the front end, allowing hundreds of thousands of people to leave Wuhan to go to places like Italy that’s now suffering so badly,” Pompeo said.

“They tried to suppress this information … instead of trying to actually do the work to suppress the virus, which is what the world demanded,” the secretary of state said.

“And the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) didn’t get it right and put countless lives at risk as a result of that,” Pompeo continued.

Pompeo said that the United States has sought to find accurate information from China, but “had an incredibly difficult time getting professional medical people in.”

“We offered to have America’s finest experts travel there to assist them, to assist the World Health Organization. We weren’t permitted in,” Pompeo said.

“These are the kind of things that the Chinese Communist Party has done that have put the world and the world’s people at risk. They haven’t been sufficiently transparent,” he added.

“And the risk … if we don’t get this right, if we don’t get to the bottom of this, is this could be something that’s repeatable. Maybe not in this form, maybe not in this way, but transparency matters,” Pompeo said.

“It’s why when we see them forcing journalists out, when we see people who have been talking about this, Chinese citizens who have been talking about this no longer having access to the internet, no longer being able to speak openly and freely—there’s risk, there’s questions,” Pompeo continued.

Pompeo said, “We have an obligation to try and help make sure that we get this information from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) so we can help our medical professionals here in the United States get this right and save lives for Americans, and for people all across the world.”

The CCP Virus first broke out in Wuhan, China late in 2019 and has now infected more than 230,000 people, causing more than 9,300 deaths as of Thursday, March 19, according to Johns Hopkins University data.