Mike Pompeo Rejects 'Corrupt' WHO Findings That COVID Didn't Originate in Wuhan Lab

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday rejected the recent World Health Organization findings which say it's "extremely unlikely" COVID-19 leaked from a Wuhan, China, laboratory, instead he said the Chinese Communist Party has taken control of the WHO.

Pompeo appeared on Fox News Tuesday and repeated many of his warnings about China's nefarious influence, including one of his final tweets as secretary of state which cautioned, "The Chinese Communist Party is not our friend." Pompeo doubled down on U.S. intelligence showing COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan lab, despite a W.H.O. report last week saying it's much more likely to have jumped from animal to human. The W.H.O. announced Tuesday it's ending its investigation into the Wuhan lab's ties to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pompeo outright rejected the W.H.O. findings, saying he doubts their team even had access to the scientists and lab without heavy Chinese Communist Party influence. Pompeo said "not a thing has changed in my opinion [COVID-19] originated in a Wuhan lab."

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"The reason we left the World Health Organization was because we came to believe that it was corrupt and it had become politicized and it was bending the knee to General-Secretary Xi Jinping in China," Pompeo told America's Newsroom Tuesday. "I hope that's not the case today but I don't believe they got access to what they needed, they certainly didn't get it in a timely fashion."

"I hope they got to see all the data, all the science in the lab...not under the supervision of a Communist Party person sitting in the back of the room making sure they tow the Communist Party line," Pompeo added.

In some of his final official tweets as secretary of state, Pompeo placed China among an international network of scheming "despots and authoritarians" which includes Iran, Russia, North Korea and Venezuela. Pompeo back in May warned there was a "significant amount of evidence this virus came from that lab in Wuhan."

Biden is expected to make remarks this week about his changing approach to China over the next four years versus former President Donald Trump's policies while in office. During an interview with CBS News last Thursday, Biden said, "I'm not going to do it the way Trump did, we're going to focus on international rules of the road...we need not have a conflict, but there's going to be extreme competition."

Pompeo appeared to defend the fact Biden has not yet called Jinping or other CCP leaders yet, but he urged the new administration to realize China is the biggest challenge for the next generation of young Americans. Some progressive critics have expressed their concerns that new Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said during Senate hearings last month that Trump "got it right" on his Chinese foreign policy, may be too similar to Pompeo's State Department.

"We shouldn't worry about Jinping's feelings, we should worry about protecting the American people. We have to confront the challenge that the Chinese Communist Party is presenting to America and to the world," Pompeo said.

He urged judgment of China based on their actions and cited the "thousands and thousands of lives lost to the Wuhan virus, whether it's the millions and millions of jobs that were destroyed because the Chinese Communist Party stole our stuff, took our information and then dumped it back into the United States, or whether it's the People's Liberation Army, China's military, doing everything it can to be a hegemonic power."

One of Pompeo's final actions as secretary of state was to make the U.S. the first nation to officially denounce Beijing over allegations of human rights abuses against the Uighur people. Pompeo reiterated his longtime criticism of the internment camps in western China which have been used to "re-program" the Muslim minority."

China on Tuesday warned the Biden administration not to flex U.S. military might in the South China Sea, capping weeks of disputed naval incidents in the region.

Newsweek reached out to the State Department for additional remarks Tuesday morning.

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday rejected the recent World Health Organization findings which say it's "extremely unlikely" COVID-19 leaked from a Wuhan, China, laboratory, instead he said the Chinese Communist Party has taken control of the WHO. Screenshot: YouTube | Fox News