Pompeo: ‘Something Not Quite Right’ About Feinstein Praising China
Secretary of State slams top Democrat over recent praise of Chinese Communist Party
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) for recently praising the Communist Party of China (CPC), saying "there's something not quite right" about her actions.
On Sunday, Pompeo raised his concerns while speaking with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News's “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Last Thursday, Sen. Feinstein heaped praise on China, claiming the communist country is "growing into a respectable nation."
The California Democrat argued that the Chinese government has "pulled tens of millions of people out of poverty.”
Pompeo suggested there was cause for concern over Feinstein’s comments and highlighted her ties to a Chinese spy and Iran.
He told Bartiromo that Feinstein's actions undermine America's national security interests.
Pompeo was speaking about President Donald Trump's recent moves to ban the Chinese app TikTok, human rights abuses of the Chinese regime, and the postponed election in Hong Kong.
He then spoke about Sen. Feinstein's pro-China remarks and her use of a Chinese spy as a driver for two decades.
"Maria I saw the statement by Senator Feinstein, I found it perplexing," he said.
"I saw statements of senior American CEOs from the big tech companies this week saying they hadn’t heard or seen about intellectual property theft from the United States. That’s crazy talk.
Pompeo was referring to remarks several tech CEOs made during a congressional hearing last week.
During which, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was the only CEO that acknowledged that China steals technology from U.S. firms.
"Here’s the good news,” he continued.
"The good news is we’re getting nearly every member of Congress aligned along the administration’s policies with China.
"When we voted for Hong Kong freedom there were over 400 votes in the House and nearly every vote in the Senate…
"I think the tide is turning. Not only in the United States but all across the world the threat of the Chinese Communist Party is becoming clearer and clearer…
“I talked at the Nixon Library about this not being a battle about China but about authoritarianism and freedom.
"That’s the fight America needs to be engaged on…,” he said.
"I was struck by Dianne Feinstein because didn’t she have a driver for 20 years that we ended up finding out was a Chinese spy?” Bartiromo said.
"We did," Pompeo answered.
"You’ll recall, she meets with some frequency with Foreign Minister Zarif there too.
"There’s something not quite right," he warned.
"And this is not consistent with America’s national security in either case.
"These are adversaries that intend harm for her state of California and I wish she would not engage in this kind of rhetoric and these kind of meetings that undermine these kind of efforts,” the secretary of state said.