Outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed the incoming Biden administration on Tuesday to take the Chinese Communist Party seriously as an “existential” threat to the country, saying the “American people are counting on it.”
In an exclusive interview with “America Reports,” Pompeo praised what he called President Trump’s efforts to identify the threat China posed to American interests, in contrast with President-elect Joe Biden’s past dismissals of the world’s largest country as serious competition.
“The threat from the Chinese Communist Party is real,” Pompeo said. “It is existential to the United States. We have to get this right. I am counting on the next administration continuing our work, continuing to build out on the things that we have done in the exact way that the American people will demand. I have great confidence that the American people have come to understand this challenge from the Chinese Communist Party. I will expect every leader, whatever political stripe, to continue to protect and secure American freedoms.”