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Pompeo tells UK MPs China ‘bought’ WHO chief Tedros

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo instructed a bunch of British lawmakers that China had “bought” the top of the World Health Organization, in keeping with folks accustomed to the matter.

At a private assembly in London on Tuesday, Pompeo said there was firm intelligence to indicate {that a} deal had been accomplished to get Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the job of WHO director-general — and that this had resulted within the deaths of UK residents from coronavirus, the folks said.

Three of those that have been present on the assembly, talking on situation of anonymity as a result of the dialogue was private, said Pompeo instructed them he believed China had purchased the WHO chief. He didn’t give additional details of what he meant however said there was intelligence to help this remark.

The Chinese Embassy in London and the State Department didn’t reply to emailed requests for remark. The WHO rejected “unfounded allegations” which first surfaced in British newspapers together with the Telegraph on Tuesday.

Pompeo’s allegations mark a big escalation within the Trump administration’s criticism of the WHO and of China’s response to the pandemic. US officers have said the WHO allowed the coronavirus outbreak to get uncontrolled and President Donald Trump has said it’s too near China.

Speaking a day after Tuesday’s assembly, Conservative member of Parliament Iain Duncan Smith, who was present, confirmed that Pompeo had said China swayed the WHO director-general election in May 2017 so Tedros received.

“He openly made the point that the arrival of the present chief who had taken the WHO backwards and that it had become quite political,” Duncan Smith instructed Bloomberg TV Wednesday, when requested about Pompeo’s feedback. “He therefore said that it was China had managed to get others to ensure that they voted for this particular candidate at the time and that is why the US, he said, has decided to withdraw and use the money,” to sort out a few of the initiatives the WHO helps.

According to a few of the folks present, Pompeo criticized the WHO and the United Nations Human Rights Council through the hour-long assembly.

“WHO is not aware of any such statement but we strongly reject any ‘ad hominem’ attacks and unfounded allegations,” an emailed assertion from the WHO learn. “WHO urges countries to remain focused on tackling the pandemic that is causing tragic loss of life and suffering.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s officers have been requested about Pompeo’s feedback and confirmed that the Secretary of State had not made related remarks in his assembly with the premier on Tuesday.

“The prime minister believes the WHO and its Director General are playing an important role in leading the global health response to the pandemic,” Johnson’s spokesman James Slack instructed reporters. “The WHO continues to have an important role to play in leading the global health response to the pandemic, the UK is a major donor to the WHO.”

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