Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned we will live in a “deeply different” world if the Biden administration gets its policies on China wrong.
Appearing Thursday on Fox Business’ “Mornings With Maria” Pompeo was asked by host Maria Bartiromo about being sanctioned by China — shortly after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing announced sanctions against Pompeo and 27 Trump administration officials, accusing them of “prejudice and hatred against China.”
Pompeo said the sanctions were intended to do a “single thing,” which was to send a message to the Biden administration that if they put American interests first they’ll be punished.
Bartiromo noted that the U.S. took a more hardline approach with China under the Trump administration.
“The strategy that had been in place for decades was one of appeasement, of tolerance,” Pompeo explained. “It was about chasing the dollar for cheap labor inside of China — was a huge detriment to ordinary citizens all across America. Tens of millions of jobs lost because the United States refused to tell the Chinese you can’t dump your products here you can’t steal our intellectual property.”
“Eyes have been opened. Even corporate America, in some corners of corporate America, have figured out that you were right to do this pushback that you have been doing,” Bartiromo said.
“Sanctioning a former secretary of state is a big deal,” she added. “Shouldn’t we have the commander-in-chief come out and tell Beijing right up front, ‘You’ll not sanction Mike Pompeo, you will not sanction former government officials. This is nonsense to us.’ We haven’t heard a peep out of Joe Biden on any of this, is that right?”
Pompeo was clear that Biden has taken no action.
“It is the obligation of every administration to protect the previous administration and all the people who were working on behalf of the United States government,” he said. “I hope they will do that. But, more importantly than protecting myself or others, this is bigger… This policy with China matters to every one of the people who is out there seeking employment.
“If we get this wrong, Maria, we’ll live in a world that is so deeply different,” Pompeo continued. “We will see these sanctions on our leaders pale in comparison to the pain and the absence of prosperity that will be here in the United States of America if we don’t get this right.”
Biden has pledged to “repair our alliances and engage with the world once again.”
“America is back. Diplomacy is back,” the president said, though he does reference the “growing ambitions of China.”
In a later appearance on “Fox News Primetime“, Pompeo was skeptical.
“Oh goodness gracious, does he mean back to when ISIS controlled a caliphate in Syria that was the size of Britain?” he said. “I hope not. President Trump and our team took that down.”
“When he says ‘back,’ when America is back, does he mean back to letting China walk all over us, destroying millions of jobs in places like Kansas and South Carolina, that we know so well? I hope that’s not what he means by back,” he continued.
“He talked about allies, when he said go back, does he mean back to dissing allies and friends like Israel and treating the terrorists in Iran like friends by giving them $150 billion in pallets of cash? I don’t think the American people can afford to go back to eight more years of Barack Obama’s foreign policy. I hope they’ll move forward with a foreign policy look much more like our America first foreign policy.”
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