CBS's Brennan presses Pompeo on if there is a Pentagon-State discrepancy on Chinese 'concentration camps'

CBS's Brennan presses Pompeo on if there is a Pentagon-State discrepancy on Chinese 'concentration camps'
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CBS's Margaret Brennan on Sunday pressed Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPresident Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks The problem with Trump's Middle East peace plan India rolls out the red carpet for Trump MORE on whether there is a discrepancy within the Trump administration on whether China is putting its citizens in "concentration camps" after he referred to them as "reeducation camps."

"You've seen me personally speak out about the same situation that you're describing, this number, certainly up to a million people held in reeducation camps. The Trump administration is going to hold every nation accountable," Pompeo told Brennan on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"You're okay with that term, 'reeducation camps,' not 'concentration camps,' which the Pentagon used?" Brennan asked.


"We can use lots of different terms to describe what's taking place," Pompeo responded, again saying that he has spoken out about the camps. 

The CBS host also pressed him on the number of people held in the camps, saying that the Pentagon put the number of people in the camps at 3 million. 

"Is there a discrepancy within the administration," she asked "on what to do about this and what's actually happening?"

"There's not," Pompeo responded. "Don't don't play ticky tac. There's no discrepancy."

Brennan later asked if human rights would be included in the trade deal with China.

Pompeo said the topic would not, but that they "are going to be addressed."


"We've done so," he added. "I've raised it in multiple conversations with my counterpart their foreign minister and with others."

Randall Schriver, who heads Asia policy at the Pentagon said last week that China was holding close to 3 million Chinese Muslims in concentration camps, Reuters reported. 

“The (Chinese) Communist Party is using the security forces for mass imprisonment of Chinese Muslims in concentration camps,” Schriver said at a Pentagon briefing, estimating the number of detained Muslims as “closer to 3 million citizens.”