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Pompeo says Chinese Communists have invaded ‘every major’ US university

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a "Winnie the Pooh" coffee mug in a video address to the people of China. (Screenshot)
February 02, 2023

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently warned that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had invaded “every major” U.S. university.

Pompeo joined “Sunday Morning Features” on Fox News to discuss national security issues related to China.

“If you’re afraid to enforce the rules, if you continue to allow them to walk on the American economy, if you keep giving an inch in every space, they’ll be inside the gates here in the United States,” Pompeo said to host Maria Bartiromo. “And frankly, that’s what we face today. And for four years, during my time as CIA director or secretary of state, I never gave an inch.”

Pompeo was then asked his thoughts on the recent document scandals involving President Joe Biden and other former government officials, as well as the Director of National Intelligence’s decision to not allow the Senate intelligence committee to investigate the documents.

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“It’s crazy, Maria. We’ve now had several senior leaders, certainly President Biden included, who had documents where they weren’t supposed to be. Get them back. Get these documents where they’re supposed to be, and then transparency matters,” Pompeo said. “I heard Sen. Cruz say this, and we need to know what’s in those documents, what the seriousness of them is, what potential breaches there are. And then finally, these senior leaders need to own this. We need to find out if the Chinese Communist Party actually may have had access at the University of Pennsylvania, where President Biden clearly had documents that would have been a pretty open space.”

“And Maria, you and I have talked about this for years, the Chinese Communist Party’s inside every major American university today with research dollars and with their students,” he added. “They’re at the University of Pennsylvania, too. And we now know that this Chinese money, these Chinese officials met classified documents in that space. They were in the same place. We need to know if there’s any risk they might have gotten a hold of them.”

Pompeo also highlighted his success in shutting down a Chinese spy network in Houston while in office, stating, “The Chinese diplomatic facility in Texas, the largest spy operation in the history of the United States I think, we shut it down.”