Soon after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, then US President Donald Trump asked his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to "shut up" on China. The former head of US diplomacy himself would have revealed it in his new memoir, "Never give an inch", which will be published next week but of which the information portal "Semafor" claims to have obtained some advances. “Dear Mike, this guy hates you!” Trump allegedly told Pompeo in March 2020 at the end of a telephone conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The latter, according to the book, would have warned his US counterpart that Pompeo was at that moment "damaging" the phase one trade agreement that had been signed shortly before by the two governments to end the trade war of months previous.
The day before the call, Pompeo had attended a meeting of G7 foreign ministers during which he accused China of launching a disinformation campaign on Covid-19. A few days later the issue would be topical again. Trump allegedly accused Pompeo of "putting everything at risk" by infuriating Xi. “Stop it, for God's sake!” he allegedly enjoined. According to the memoirs of his secretary of state, Trump was also motivated by the intention of obtaining masks and other medical devices against Covid-19 from China. According to several observers, Pompeo would be evaluating his candidacy in the 2024 presidential elections. In this case, the former secretary of state would have to deal with Trump in the Republican primaries, who already announced his candidacy last November.
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