“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,” Senator Dianne Feinstein said. “I deeply believe that.”
QUESTION: Well, I mean, this week Dianne Feinstein praised China as a respectable nation, she said. 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?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Maria, I saw the statement from Senator Feinstein. I found it perplexing. 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...
QUESTION: 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?
SECRETARY POMPEO: We did. You’ll recall she meets with some frequency with Foreign Minister Zarif there, too. There’s something not quite right.
SECRETARY POMPEO: I mean, and this is not --
QUESTION: Well, we’ll certainly keep watching that. Yes.
SECRETARY POMPEO: This is not consistent with America’s national security in either case. 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.
QUESTION: Yeah, there seems to be a new angle here, and that is the Chinese communist government trying to compromise certain Democrat members of Congress who are against President Trump. We’ll keep watching that.