Pompeo warns governors about doing business with China

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures while speaking during his and Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei join news conference following the talks in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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UPDATED 10:15 AM PT — Sunday, February 9, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is advising governors across the nation to be careful when doing business with China.

“When it comes to doing business, I’m asking you to adopt a cautious mindset,” he said. “In the words of President Reagan, when you are approached for introduction or a connection to a deal, ‘trust, but verify.’”

On Saturday, he warned governors the country could be “targeting individual states” for political and economic gain.

“Competition with China is not just a federal issue, that’s why I wanted to be here today, Governor Hogan,” said Pompeo. “It’s happening in your states with consequences for our foreign policy, for the citizens that reside in your states and, indeed, for each of you.”

FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

The secretary noted the Chinese government has “assessed” each governor, ranking them as “friendly, “hardline” or “ambiguous.” He added there are communist China followers in dozens of states across the nation, who are attempting to influence local governments.

“The Chinese government has been methodical in the way it has analyzed our system,” stated Pompeo. “It’s assessed our vulnerabilities and it has decided to exploit our freedom (in order) to gain advantage over us at the federal, state and the local level.”

The U.S. has also pressured partner nations against doing business with Chinese tech company Huawei amid concerns their government is using devices to spy on users.

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Joe Biden loses cool after being asked about his son’s business dealings in Ukraine

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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UPDATED 11:05 AM PT — Monday, February 3, 2020

Presidential candidate Joe Biden recently snapped under questioning about his son’s business dealings in Ukraine. On Monday, he defended his son Hunter’s former board position at Burisma Holdings, a major Ukrainian energy company, by claiming he got the job because he is a “very bright guy.”

The former vice president went on to say, “no one’s found anything wrong with his dealings in Ukraine except it was a bad image.” When pressed whether or not the 2020 hopeful agreed about the perception, however, Biden was quick to attack.

Meanwhile, recently released State Department emails have suggested Biden was selling his office to pocket the proceeds of Ukrainian corruption. A February 2016 email used Hunter Biden’s name in order to arrange a meeting between a senior State Department official and Burisma lobbyist Karen Tranmontano.

State Department emails also showed Tranmontano wanted to lobby the U.S. government for Burisma after it faced anti-corruption scrutiny by the Ukrainian government. According to reports, several Democrat witnesses were involved in the Biden-Ukraine corruption and benefited from it.

Republican senators, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), have called for a probe into the Bidens’ dealings.

“I can promise you no one has looked at whether or not there was a conflict of interest,” he stated. “No one has taken the time to explain how Hunter Biden got rich in the Ukraine and his father didn’t know anything about it.”

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Sen. Rick Scott: Democrats are skipping over Joe Biden’s shady business in Ukraine

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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UPDATED 6:00 PM PT — Friday, January 24, 2020

Florida Sen. Rick Scott took a hit at Democrat lawmakers during day three of the Senate impeachment trial. On Thursday, Scott called out House impeachment manager Adam Schiff for trying to keep President Trump from being reelected. He emphasized that Schiff doesn’t trust American voters.

The lawmaker went on to say Schiff and his colleagues’ arguments were completely flawed. Scott also pointed out the hypocrisy of Democrats portraying Joe Biden as someone who could do no wrong while presenting President Trump as a criminal.

“It didn’t matter that his son had a job at Burisma. Didn’t matter that he had, you know, got the prosecutor he had no control over removed. Joe Biden did the right thing. But Donald Trump, even though there’s no evidence, had to be sinister to get rid of an ambassador he had a right to get rid of.” – Rick Scott, U.S. Senator (FLA.)

He went on to say the House managers’ arguments are nothing the Senate hasn’t heard before. The lawmaker added every time they hear Democrats’ position, it’s like “Groundhog Day all over again.”

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