Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put the People’s Republic of China on blast over its initial response to the COVID-19 outbreak during a news briefing Tuesday.
“We know this much: We know that the first government to be aware of the Wuhan virus was the Chinese government,” Pompeo said. “That imposes a special responsibility to raise the flag, to say, ‘We have a problem, this is different and unique and presents risk.’
“And it took an awful long time for the world to become aware of this risk that was sitting there, residing inside of China,” he said.
He added: “Every nation has a responsibility to share all of their data, all of their information in as timely and accurate a fashion as they have the ability to do not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because that’s how you save lives for your own people as well.”