January 31, 2023 at 01:06
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that Chinese President Xi Jinping is watching for "American weakness," after a four-star Air Force general surmised the U.S. will be at war with the world's most populous country by 2025.
Pompeo joined "Special Report" to discuss foreign affairs and the release of his new book "Never Give an Inch" when he was asked about the remarks from Gen. Mike Minihan.
"I take General Minahan to be serious, in the sense of he's clearly very concerned that we're not doing enough to prepare to deter the Chinese Communist Party," Pompeo said.
"I think that's what he was really getting at – It's hard to put timelines on any of these things: he says 2025."
IRAN, CHINA AGGRESSION SHOWS DISSIENTS HAVE REGIMES ‘SHAKEN TO THEIR CORE’: ENES FREEDOM"But make no mistake about it, Xi Jinping is watching for American weakness.
And if he sees opportunity, he will seize that very opportunity."
Minihan, of Scott Air Force Base near O'Fallon, Ill., is in charge of the Air Mobility Command — which oversees refueling and transportation-related aircraft.
He reportedly wrote a memo that suggested war with China within 2 years.
"My gut tells me we will fight in 2025," Minihan wrote, adding that his officers should instruct service members with "the full understanding that unrepentant lethality matters most."
"We know that they're trying to strike Americans here at home.
We saw that there were three folks indicted; arrested here in the United States for trying to kill an American civilian."
Journalist Masih Alinejad later identified herself as the victim, saying "the country where I was born, Iran – the government wants to kill me, but my adopted country wants to protect me."