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WHO Chief Slams Pompeo over 'Unacceptable' Allegations over Having Been 'Bought' by China

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. (Reuters)

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. (Reuters)

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted WHO is focusing on "saving lives" as he lashed out Thursday at the comments British media have reported that Pompeo made at a closed-door event earlier this week in London.

The chief of the World Health Organization has upbraided US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for "untrue and unacceptable" comments, responding to reported allegations that included the health agency chief having been "bought" by China.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted WHO is focusing on "saving lives" as he lashed out Thursday at the comments British media have reported that Pompeo made at a closed-door event earlier this week in London.

Tedros' response to Pompeo represented some of his most defensive and full-throated statements yet in the wake of the Trump administration's repeated criticism of the U.N. health agency in recent months.

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