Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe voiced concerns over Biden’s particular policy changes regarding China and Iran, saying the President’s decisions aren’t supported by U.S. intelligence. During an interview, Ratcliffe said that China is America’s main threat and that the two countries are now competing on basically every level.
According to The Daily Wire:
“We need Joe Biden and his administration to be successful in the realm of intelligence and national security or we all suffer,” Ratcliffe said. “It’s easy to get caught up in partisan politics and having said that, you know, I’m concerned. Because the president himself, President Biden, has taken some positions early on, with respect to, particularly with respect to both China and Iran, that, frankly, setting all politics aside are not supported by by our current intelligence and the threat landscape and things can’t have changed that much for some of the policy decisions that he’s advocating for, they just don’t line up with, with some of the positions that he’s taking. So, I’m concerned about that.”
Ratcliffe said that there are some areas involving technology where China is now starting to beat the U.S., although he did not give any specifics because he said that doing so would threaten U.S. national security.
“I know what the readout was from the White House after that two hour phone call with the Chinese president. I don’t know what the readout was in China, or within the Communist Party. But some insiders are whispering and reporting that President Xi was aggressive,” Hemmer said. “Does that make sense to you?”
“Absolutely. I think China and, frankly, to a lesser extent, Iran, what I can tell you is this, the intelligence was also clear that, you know, countries have to have preferences in terms of who they would hope would win the election and China and Iran both we’re hopeful that that President Biden would be elected because the policies of the Trump administration were, frankly, somewhat a confrontational to China and to Iran both,” Ratcliffe said. “And I think what you’re seeing in both cases, to some extent, they’re now testing this administration. And they’re looking to see weaknesses. I mean, look, what we saw, you know, China immediately in this administration, you know, bombers flew over Taiwan. The threats in the South China Sea became more expansive. They talked, you know, they immediately issued sanctions against certain US officials from the Trump administration, took actions against people like, you know, Jack Ma, and and, you know, and Jimmy Lai, and in Hong Kong, and, you know, so all of those things are places to see, wait a minute, when, you know, the Trump administration and the President Trump would push back or hold to account on on actions that take China has taken, will the Biden administration push back?”
Watch John Ratcliffe discuss the impending threat from China HERE:
Ratcliffe is only the latest intelligence official to voice his concerns over Biden’s soft approach to China and Iran, Trump’s former CIA Director Mike Pompeo also expressed anxiety over Biden’s push to reenter talks with Iran. [Related: Former CIA Director and Top Intel Officials Slam Biden’s Iran Approach]