EXCLUSIVE: John Ratcliffe, director of national intelligence, warned the incoming Biden administration to “politicize intelligence,” urging them to “be honest” and “acknowledge” that China is “the biggest national security threat we face”.
Ratcliffe, in an exclusive interview with Fox News after an option published in the Wall Street Journal outlining the threat China posed to the United States, said it had a “unique vantage point” and was able to see more threat information. like anyone else.
“Intelligence is so clear that China is the biggest threat,” Ratcliffe said.
“People who equate other things or say, oh, you know, Russia is a bigger threat, are politicizing intelligence,” Ratcliffe said. “I hope the election is over, now that the people have voted, and if there is a Biden government, they will get over politicizing intelligence, be honest about China, and recognize that China and China alone are the biggest national security threat we face. “
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Ratcliffe told Fox News that China “intends to rule economically, militarily and technologically, and is the only country able to comprehensively challenge American superiority”.
“All the threat flows, which are in all respects militarily, economically, supply chain issues, foreign investment, technology, cyber affairs, cyber warfare, 5G, telecommunications – China is in these and they are the only country be in that space and the only country that threatens America’s superiority, ”Ratcliffe told Fox News.
Asked whether the U.S. is in an offensive or defensive position vis-à-vis China, Ratcliffe said the U.S. remains in an offensive position.
“Generals always say you want to fight from a height because it’s easier to fight on a slope than uphill,” Ratcliffe said. “The urgency is partly because we remain the dominant power. China wants to change that, but we are currently able to meet this challenge against the downhill. “
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“What I don’t want is not to take advantage of it and do it,” Ratcliffe continued. “We never want to be in a position to fight upwards. We don’t want to look at China.”
The Biden transition team declined to comment on Ratcliffe’s warning.
Biden announced last month the appointment of Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence.
Haines, who would be the first woman to serve as a DNI, was a former deputy director of the CIA and a former deputy national security adviser to then-President Obama.
“I didn’t choose a politician or a political figure to lead our intelligence community,” Biden said, apparently stealing President Trump, who was criticized for appointing “political” figures to head the intelligence community. – I chose a profit.
Biden described Haines as “a fierce advocate for truth-telling and consultation with decision-makers”.
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“I know because I’ve been working with him for over a decade,” he added. “Brilliant. Humble.”
Haines, after accepting the nomination, said he “never refused to tell the truth to the power” and said “this will be my job as director of national intelligence”.