Director of National Intelligence: China biggest threat, prefers Biden
In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo, Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, said that the People’s Republic of China is a threat to this year’s presidential election and that it favors Joe Biden.
“China is using a massive and sophisticated influence campaign that dwarfs anything that any other country is doing,” Ratcliffe said.
Ratcliffe has been under fire recently from House and Senate Democrats for announcing he would not provide briefings to the full House and Senate between now and the election:
“What we are also going to do is protect information from getting leaked for political purposes. It’s happened too much, and I won’t stand for it,” stated Ratcliffe in response to Congressional Democrats’ attempt to politicize the intelligence briefings.
Ratcliffe said that he had provided full Congressional briefings, even though it is not required, but following the leak of classified information last month, he will no longer continue to do so:
“We’ll do what’s required by law. Those members who are entitled to the briefings and classified information will still get that information. What we won’t be doing is all member briefings to all members of the House and all members of the Senate. We’ve tried that and the information hasn’t been protected.”
Ratcliffe is referring to a July 31 briefing to the full House and Senate regarding foreign influence in the upcoming election. Ratcliffe said that information was leaked and distorted for political advantage:
“Within minutes of one of those briefings ending, a number of members of Congress went to a number of different publications and leaked classified information for political purposes to create a narrative that simply isn’t true, that somehow Russia is a greater national security threat than China,” Ratcliffe said.
The implication is that Democrats wanted to continue to use the debunked Russia collusion narrative against President Trump going into the 2020 election. However, Ratcliffe points out that China is the most serious threat, not only to the upcoming election but to U.S. national security as well. In the July 31 briefing to Congress, it was also revealed that China favors Joe Biden in the 2020 election and is engaged in active measures to assist the Biden Campaign.
“When we talk about influence and malign foreign influence, what China is doing that no one else is doing is that they are engaging at the local, state, and federal level. Beijing is threatening economic ruin… Unless Members of Congress support pro-China policies or oppose policies of this (Trump) administration that are tough on China,” says Ratcliffe who also said that not only is China a threat to the election but is the greatest national security threat to the U.S.
“In this position, I am privileged to see more intelligence than anyone else in the country except the president, that includes all members of Congress. The amount of intelligence that we get, considering economically, militarily, technologically, China is the greatest threat we face. Russia is a serious national security threat but day in and day out the threats we face from China are significantly greater.”
China has been accused of illegally assisting Democrats in the past, including former President Bill Clinton. Congressional investigations in the late 1990s determined that China had used a number of sources to funnel illegal donations to the Democrat Party and to Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns.
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