Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the sanctions implemented against him and other Trump administration officials by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) suggest a warning message to new President Biden, who seems to be influenced by the CCP’s power.
As Pompeo stated on Mornings With Maria on Fox News, the CCP is seeking to impose its rules by dictating to the Biden administration how it wants the new bilateral relationship to develop.
Policies implemented by the Trump administration were not favorable to China’s globalist and overreaching interests. In that sense, the CCP intends to return to pre-Trump era relations where politicians and business people allowed its sweeping advance within the United States.
“The sanctions that took place were intended to do a single thing, it was to send a message to the next administration, the Biden administration, that says if you’re serious about protecting America, American sovereignty, American jobs, American wealth … you will be punished,” Pompeo said in the interview.
The sanctions imposed by the CCP reached more than 20 former Trump administration officials, arguing that they interfered in China’s private affairs by their actions. The sanctions include travel bans and business-related restrictions.
Aside from Pompeo, other top officials tagged with sanctions included trade adviser Peter Navarro, former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, former National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, and former Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon.
At one point, Pompeo said he was proud to have been sanctioned by the CCP because, as he expressed, the sanctions show that his policies affected the dark interests of the communist regime, which was the ultimate goal of his policies.
He said some measures were not welcomed by the CCP but served to compensate for so many years of abuses by the CCP regime against American workers’ interests and the traditional values outlined in the Constitution.
The measures included tariffs on Chinese imports and the rejection of communist technology companies, which were accused of collecting data and valuable information from Americans. They also denounced and exposed to the world the human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. And particularly during the last days in the administration, the Pompeo State Department accused China of genocide concerning its treatment of religious minorities.
Predictably, the Biden administration began with a soft approach in its relationship with the CCP. It began by announcing the return of the United States to the World Health Organization (WHO). An entity deeply tied to and coordinated by Chinese interests.
Pompeo said, “The strategy that had been in place for decades was one of appeasement, tolerance, chasing a dollar for some cheap labor inside of China with a huge detriment to the ordinary citizens all across America—tens of millions of jobs lost.” Pompeo encouraged the new administration to break with those pro-China practices by saying, “tell the Chinese ‘you cannot dump your products here, you cannot steal our intellectual property.’”
During the interview, Pompeo condemned the new Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, for extending the last nuclear arms treaty with Russia for five more years. Now the Biden administration has no leverage to convince Russia to help bring the Chinese Communist Party into a nuclear arms control pact.