Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised President Donald Trump and his administration for exposing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as the most significant threat to the United States.
In statements to Breitbart News, Pompeo noted that Beijing’s cover-up of the origin of the CCP Virus (COVID-19) pandemic and its operations of influence in the United States and the world are now public knowledge.
“The CCP has now shown itself,” Pompeo said.
“It frankly didn’t for a long time. We can now see it,” he said of the breakthrough the Trump administration made from its predecessors in terms of the relationship with the CCP.
He added, “We are unraveling their narrative. We have taken this seriously because Xi Jinping is taking making China the Middle Kingdom—a global hegemony—seriously.”
Pompeo stressed that, beyond the obvious differences between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, a bipartisan consensus was reached on the threat posed by the CCP.
“There is actually a significant bipartisan consensus on China,” he said.
“I’ve seen that when we’ve dealt with human rights issues and the like. But it took President Trump (…) It took President Trump to pull the Bandaid off and recognize the challenge that the Chinese Communist Party presented,” he added.
Looking ahead, the senior official expressed his hope that regardless of who is elected president in the recent elections, the foreign policy initiated by the current administration will be continued.
“I hope whoever is president and whenever they are president, I hope that leader will conclude the same way our administration has that this is necessary for American national security,” he said.
During its nearly four-year term, the Trump administration was highly critical of the Chinese Communist Party.
In addition to imposing tariffs on imports from China for dumping—or unfair trade—the White House has imposed severe restrictions and sanctions on senior CCP officials.
On Dec. 4, Mike Pompeo himself announced new rules to restrict visas for CCP officials and members involved in coercive activities abroad.
The measure affects Chinese and CCP officials who have engaged in “the use or threat of physical violence, theft, and release of private information, espionage, sabotage, or malicious interference in domestic political affairs, academic freedom, personal privacy, or business activity.”
The CCP “has long sought to spread Marxist-Leninist ideology and exert its influence all over the world,” the secretary of state explained in announcing the new restriction, explaining that the CCP “funds and supports overseas organizations to spread propaganda and coerces and bullies those who would oppose Beijing’s policies.”