Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted former Vice President Joe Biden for his recent comments dismissing China as an economic competitor to the U.S., pointing out that may have been the case when he first attempted a bid at the White House — in 1988.
While appearing on “Fox News Sunday”, Pompeo took aim at Biden for his comments brushing aside China as an economic threat to the U.S., stating that the former vice president seemed “disconnected from the reality that is China today.”
Pompeo then pointed out that China may have been less of a threat when Biden first ran for president in the late 1980s but that present-day China presents a much greater economic threat to the U.S.
“Maybe when [Biden] ran for president the first time this was the situation, but it’s certainly not today.”
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— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) May 5, 2019
“China poses an enormous challenge to the United States of America,” Pompeo added.
The secretary of state continued on to say that he “ultimately” agreed with Biden’s point that “America will prevail” but that “it’s going to take a serious, concerted effort” from “a president like President [Donald] Trump.”
“A president like President Trump who’s prepared to push back against China — whether that be on trade, or their military buildup, or the theft of our intellectual property. We need a president who will be serious in protecting America against the challenges that China presents.”
Pompeo is not the first Republican to call out Biden for his disregard of China’s economic threat.
As IJR Red previously reported, Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) pointed out on Twitter that Biden’s comments “will not age well.”
This will not age well. https://t.co/IJ8vkPJ5SV
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 1, 2019
During a campaign stop in Iowa on Wednesday, Biden blew off China as a threat to the U.S., saying that the nation was “not competition for us.”
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 1, 2019
“China’s going to eat our lunch? C’mon, man,” the former vice president said.