Pompeo perplexed by Senator Feinstein’s support of China: ‘There’s something not quite right’

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo thinks there is something “not quite right” about Sen. Dianne Feinstein after her comments on China.

Pompeo called out the California Democrat during an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, admitting her recent remarks about China were “perplexing” and that denials of moves against the U.S. by the Chinese government are just “crazy talk.”

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(Source: Fox News)

Feinstein praised China last week during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, saying it is “growing into a respectable nation” as she argued against a bill, the “Civil Justice for Victims of COVID Act,” which would allow people to sue China over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We hold China as a potential trading partner, as a country that has pulled tens of millions of people out of poverty in a short period of time, and as a country growing into a respectable nation amongst other nations. I deeply believe that,” Feinstein said, once again defending China while apparently turning a blind eye to reports of human rights abuses carried out by the communist government.

Bartiromo asked Pompeo about the remarks on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“Why do some in Congress not say the same thing that you’ve been saying, that this administration has been communicating? There doesn’t seem to be an all-out agreement within the Congress on this?” she questioned.

“Maria, I saw the statement from Senator Feinstein. I found it perplexing,” Pompeo replied. “I saw statements from senior American CEOs of the big tech companies this week say they hadn’t heard or seen about intellectual property theft in the United States. That’s crazy talk.”

“Here’s the good news. The good news is we are getting nearly every member of Congress aligned along the administration’s policies on China,” he added. “I think the tide is turning. I think not only here in the United States but all across the world the threat from the Chinese Communist Party is becoming clearer and clearer.”

Bartiromo took the conversation back to Feinstein, remarking about her defense of China considering she had a driver who was a Chinese spy and had worked for the Democrat for two decades.

“I mean, I was particularly struck by Dianne Feinstein, because didn’t she have a driver for 20 years that we ended up finding out was a Chinese spy?” she said.

Pompeo acknowledged the outing of the staffer and pointed out that the congresswoman has had other questionable contacts.

“You’ll recall she meets with some frequency with Foreign Minister Zarif there, too” he said, referring to Iran’s foreign minister. “There’s something not quite right.”

The longtime member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has apparently spoken to Zarif by phone and even hosted him for dinner last year amid rising tensions with Iran.

“This is not consistent with America’s national security in either case,” Pompeo told Bartiromo on Sunday.

“These are adversaries that intend harm for the citizens of her state of California, and I wish that she would not engage in this kind of rhetoric and these kind of meetings that undermine Americans’ efforts,” he added.

Feinstein has claimed that a “firewall” exists between her work as a U.S. Senator and her husband’s Chinese business dealings. She was listed with a net worth of $58.5 million, making her the sixth-richest member of Congress, in a report by USA Today last October.

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