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As Trump Blames China, Beijing Directs Fury at His Top Diplomat

  • State media calls Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ‘evil’
  • Avoiding attacks on Trump getting harder in election year
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Watch: Mike Ryan, head of health emergencies at the WHO, responds to U.S.'s claim that "enormous evidence" shows the covid-19 outbreak began in a lab in Wuhan, China.Source: Bloomberg)

Chinese state media unleashed a torrent of criticism against Secretary of State Michael Pompeo -- calling him “evil” and a liar -- as Beijing sought to push back against the U.S.’s virus allegations without prompting a confrontation with President Donald Trump.

State media published a series of commentaries lashing out at Pompeo after he said there was “enormous evidence” that the coronavirus outbreak sprung from a high-security virology lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The official Xinhua News Agency said the top U.S. diplomat was speaking “nonsense,” while a newscaster from China Central Television read a commentary accusing him of “spitting poison.”