Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the Trump administration’s response to the spreading coronavirus and faced contentious questions from Democrats about an attack that killed Iran’s most powerful general. Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee expressed frustration that the panel was afforded only two hours to question Pompeo, who until Friday had gone months without a public appearance on Capitol Hill.
Democratic Representative Gregory Meeks recalled Pompeo’s “thundering” while in Congress about the need for testimony from one of his Democratic predecessors, Hillary Clinton. Democratic Representative Brad Sherman asked sarcastically whether Pompeo would return to Congress next week to detail the steps the administration was taking against the coronavirus or whether he would again wait months for his next public appearance.
.@RepTedLieu asks Mike Pompeo if he will rebuke Trump chief of staff’s Mick Mulvaney’s description of the coronavirus as a “hoax.” Pompeo won’t answer. Lieu tries again and again to get Pompeo to give a simple response. Pompeo refuses to answer the question. pic.twitter.com/wX3ThCcuNj
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 28, 2020
At the Congressional hearing Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo did not rebuke Trump’s chief if staff Mick Mulvaney’s description of #coronavirus as a “hoax”. He refused to answer @TedLieu’s question.
— THE FACT (@THEFACTGLOBAL) February 28, 2020
.@Reptedlieu: “It’s not even a gotcha question. Do you believe the corona virus is a hoax?”
.@SecPompeo: “It is a gotcha moment. It’s not useful.”
Rep. Lieu then asks the Secretary about speaking at #CPAC2020 later today.
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 28, 2020