President Trump, State Dept. slam CBS ’60 minutes’ for misleading viewers & defending China

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, accompanied by State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus, left, speaks at a news conference at the State Department, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

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UPDATED 10:45 AM PT — Monday, May 11, 2020

The State Department has accused CBS of intentionally misleading viewers regarding a report on the origins of COVID-19. Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said a Sunday “60-minutes” segment on the network “failed to accurately portray” Secretary of State Mike Pomeo’s position on the issue.

The segment, which Ortagus alleged was deceptively edited, appeared to show Pompeo disagreeing with the Director of National Intelligence Office’s assessment that the virus was “not man-made or modified.” She said the network also failed to air Pompeo’s comments during a briefing last Wednesday where he clarified his position.

Ortagus maintained that Pompeo’s core point was to call out China for its lack of transparency regarding its role in the spread of the coronavirus.

FILE – In this May 7, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks during a White House National Day of Prayer Service in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Meanwhile, President Trump accused CBS News and its ’60-minutes’ program of using its platform to “defend China.”

While taking to Twitter Sunday, the president claimed the show is doing “everything within their power” to defend China and its handling of the pandemic. The president went on to say the virus was “inflicted” upon the U.S. before implying the network wants to do business with China.

Their comments came after CBS called the speculation suggesting the coronavirus may have come from the Wuhan lab a “political disinformation campaign.”

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