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Mike Pompeo warns that China is a threat to America with its global expansion drive

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China poses a risk to “freedom-loving countries and democracies” with its global drive to expand in its latest rant against the communist superpower.

Pompeo said that China had failed to keep its promises not to send warships to the South China Sea and “diminished” One Country, Two Systems policy in Hong Kong.

He said China’s actions are addressing the dispute between the US and Beijing “far beyond” the corona virus.

He told the right-wing news site Breitbart: “What the Chinese Communist Party is doing goes far beyond what happened during the time of this corona virus.

“I think the American people, and I hope people around the world understand the risk to the world – to freedom-loving countries and democracies around the world – posed by the actions of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pictured) said China poses a risk to 'freedom-loving countries and democracies'

It is his last rant against the communist superpower. In the photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping

It is his last rant against the communist superpower. In the photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) said China (Chinese President Xi Jinping, right) poses a risk to ‘freedom-loving countries and democracies’ in its latest rant against the communist superpower

IG State Department fired by Trump investigated Pompeo

By LAUREN FRUEN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

The State Department inspector general, fired by President Trump, is said to have investigated allegations that Mike Pompeo made an associate who walked his dog and collected his dry cleaning.

Donald Trump announced the planned removal of Inspector General Steve Linick in a letter to Lower House President Nancy Pelosi late on Friday evening. This made him the fourth government inspector general to be deposed in recent weeks.

Trump announced late Friday that he fired Inspector General, Steve Linick, in the photo, an appointed Obama administration whose office criticized what it saw as political bias in State Department management

Two officials have now said NBC Linick was investigating whether Secretary of State Pompeo had the employee perform personal duties, including making dinner reservations for the Republican and his wife.

Democrats demanded on Saturday that the White House provide all data related to Trump’s last federal watchdog dismissal, suggesting Pompeo was responsible for what is “ possibly an illegal act of retribution. ”

A White House official said on condition of anonymity, “Secretary Pompeo recommended the move, and President Trump agreed.”

Trump adviser Peter Navarro downplayed the firing of the top foreign watchdog from the State Department on Sunday, saying the “ deep state ” has caused problems for the administration and those who are not loyal should go.

The best Democrats in the House and the Senate Foreign Relations Committees questioned the timing and motivation of what they called an “unprecedented removal.”

“We are invariably opposed to the politically motivated dismissal of Inspectors General and the President’s removal of these critical positions,” said House Panel Chairman Eliot Engel and Senator Bob Menendez, the ranked Democrat on the Senate’s Foreign Relations Panel, in a statement announcing the probe.

The two Democrats said it was their understanding that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo personally recommended Linick’s resignation because the Inspector General had “opened an investigation into abuses by Minister Pompeo himself.”

A State Department spokesman confirmed that Linick had been fired, but did not comment on the democratic inquiry or Pompeo’s role in the firing.

The agency said Stephen Akard, director of the Office of Foreign Missions, would take over the role of the watchdog.

Linick, who was appointed Obama in 2013, is the fourth Inspector General to be fired by Trump since early April following the President’s acquittal by the Republican-led Senate in an impeachment process in February.

Pelosi called the expulsion an acceleration of a “dangerous pattern of retaliation.”

Pompeo’s statements are the latest in a war of words between the two superpowers over their treatment of the Covid-19 pandemic, the first cases of which were reported in Wuhan.

Last month, Pompeo accused the Chinese Communist Party of not being transparent about the spread of the coronavirus, claiming that they had not shared samples of the bug “which made it impossible to follow the evolution of the disease.”

China on Friday admitted it destroyed early samples of COVID-19 in unauthorized laboratories.

Earlier this month, he said there was “enormous evidence” that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory in Wuhan.

His harsh words led to a state-run Chinese newspaper accusing him of betraying his faith.

The Global Times, a major communist propaganda market, claimed that Pompeo had committed the sin of lying as a “devout Christian” and proposed punishing him while the Chinese state broadcaster called him “bad.”

In his interview with Breitbart this weekend Pompeo said, “They came to me too. All kinds of names. ‘

He added, “These attacks demonstrate weakness, not resolution, by the Chinese Communist Party.”

Pompeo’s criticism echoed that of the Presidents in recent weeks as the coronavirus death toll continued to rise in the U.S., making the country the hardest hit in the world.

Donald Trump has insisted that Beijing recklessly hide important information about the outbreak.

Trump claimed to have seen evidence that coronavirus had started in Wuhan’s virology lab and warned he could impose a $ 1 trillion rate on China in retaliation for the pandemic.

And on Wednesday, the president said “the ink was barely dry” during a trade deal when “the world was hit by the plague from China.”

Yesterday, Pompeo warned China of interference with US journalists working in Hong Kong.

In a statement, he said, “I have recently noticed that the Chinese government has threatened to hinder the work of American journalists in Hong Kong.

“These journalists are members of a free press, not propaganda frameworks.”

“Any decision that undermines Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms, as guaranteed by the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law, would inevitably affect our assessment of one country, two systems and the status of the territory.”

‘One Country, Two Systems’ is the arrangement whereby Hong Kong was returned to China from Britain in 1997, intended to guarantee the rights and freedoms in the semi-autonomous city.

In February, China kicked off three journalists from The Wall Street Journal after the newspaper released an opinion piece on the corona virus crisis with a headline Beijing found racist.

Weeks later, Washington curbed the number of Chinese nationals from state-run news channels in the United States.

Beijing responded in March by expelling more than a dozen American journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry also made the historic announcement that these journalists should not be allowed to work in Hong Kong, even though the financial hub is nominally in charge of its own immigration policy.

On Wednesday, the president said “the ink was barely dry” on a trade deal when “the world was hit by the plague from China”

China has acknowledged that it destroyed early samples of COVID-19, confirming a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late last month. A worker is shown in a laboratory in Wuhan, China

China has acknowledged that it destroyed early samples of COVID-19, confirming a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late last month. A worker is shown in a laboratory in Wuhan, China

China has acknowledged that it destroyed early samples of COVID-19, confirming a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late last month. A worker is shown in a laboratory in Wuhan, China

Liu Dengfeng (pictured), a supervisor at the Chinese National Health Commission, admitted that early coronavirus samples had been destroyed

Liu Dengfeng (pictured), a supervisor at the Chinese National Health Commission, admitted that early coronavirus samples had been destroyed

Liu Dengfeng (pictured), a supervisor at the Chinese National Health Commission, admitted that early coronavirus samples had been destroyed

The semi-autonomous financial center is an important regional basis for international media, partly because it has certain freedoms that are denied on the authoritarian mainland. In the past, foreign journalists sent from China have often moved to Hong Kong.

Zhao Lijian, Deputy Director of the Chinese Department of Information, Zhao Lijian, replied, “We have often said that Hong Kong affairs are purely domestic affairs of China and that no foreign governmental organization or person has the right to intervene. come. “

On Friday, it was reported in the Chinese state media that China is planning “necessary” retaliatory measures to punish American politicians.

Beijing sources emphasized that the sanctions to be announced by the Communist Party will “influence” the upcoming US presidential elections in November.

Penalties will also be imposed on Missouri and “other US individuals and entities” who have sued China for allegedly mistreating the health crisis, the Global Times reports with insiders.

Missouri filed a lawsuit against China last month, accusing it of “lying to the world about the danger and infectious nature of COVID-19.” Mississippi said a day later that it was also preparing to sue Beijing for similar reasons.

Last month, the US deployed two ships for combined exercises, not far from where a government Chinese research vessel, Haiyang Dizhi 8, would operate. Pompeo said China has failed to keep its promises not to send warships to the South China Sea

Last month, the US deployed two ships for combined exercises, not far from where a government Chinese research vessel, Haiyang Dizhi 8, would operate. Pompeo said China has failed to keep its promises not to send warships to the South China Sea

Last month, the US deployed two ships for combined exercises, not far from where a government Chinese research vessel, Haiyang Dizhi 8, would operate. Pompeo said China has failed to keep its promises not to send warships to the South China Sea

The US Navy announced that it deployed the USS Montgomery (Friday above) in a disputed area of ​​the disputed South China Sea

The US Navy announced that it deployed the USS Montgomery (Friday above) in a disputed area of ​​the disputed South China Sea

The US Navy announced that it deployed the USS Montgomery (Friday above) in a disputed area of ​​the disputed South China Sea

Mike Pompeo is currently involved in controversy over the Inspector General of the State Department fired by President Trump.

Inspector General Steve Linick is said to have investigated claims that Pompeo made an associate who walked his dog and collected his dry cleaning.

Donald Trump announced the planned removal of Inspector General Linick in a letter to the President of the House, Nancy Pelosi, late on Friday evening.

This made him the fourth government inspector general to be deposed in recent weeks.

Two officials have now told it NBC Linick investigated whether Secretary of State Pompeo had the employee perform personal duties, including reserving dinner reservations for the Republican and his wife.

Democrats demanded on Saturday that the White House provide all data related to Trump’s last federal watchdog dismissal, suggesting Pompeo was responsible for what is “ possibly an illegal act of retribution. ”

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