America’s top diplomat Mike Pompeo attacks China almost daily, but he says his dog is not part of his campaign.
Pompeo raised his eyebrows among students of tea leaves on social media when he published a picture of his dog looking ready to tear into a toy Winnie the Pooh.
“Mercer and all her favorite toys!”
Mercer and all her favorite toys! ???? pic.twitter.com/bGal0ui6E2
– Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) July 15, 2020
Chinese social media users have often used the funny bear as a memento of President Xi Jinping, although the country’s thorough censorship has little humor for it.
In an interview on Wednesday asked if this was “Winnie the Pooh gate”, Pompeo seemed forgetful.
“No, I imagine there was a series of stuffed animals and they were distributed equally to Mercer for benefit,” Pompeo told Iowa Conservative radio host Simon Conway.
When he heard that the BBC had run a story with a deeper meaning, Pompeo laughed and said: “I had not seen it.”
AA Milne’s lovable but slow bear with a weakness for honey picked up as a meme after photos of Xi with slender former US President Barack Obama, who made comparisons to Winnie’s friend Tigger, were published.
China has since tried to scrub meme from the internet available in the country, and Beijing 2018 rejected the launch of the Disney movie “Christopher Robin”, which plays Winnie.
Pompeo has fought a hard line against China, criticized the communist leadership for denying free expression, pinned Hong Kong and failed to stop the coronavirus pandemic.
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