(USA Features) U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a wide-ranging interview Thursday he believes that the Communist Chinese government is a bigger threat to U.S. elections than the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asked whether he believed Russia or China posed a bigger threat, the nation’s top law enforcer chose the latter.
“And not just to the election process, but I think across the board. There’s simply no comparison. China is a very serious threat to the United States geopolitically, economically, militarily, and a threat to the integrity of our institutions given their ability to influence things,” he told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham.
“The Chinese are engaged in a full-court blitzkrieg of stealing American technology, influence our political system, trying to steal secrets at our research universities and so forth,” Barr said.
During the Trump administration, the Justice Department and the FBI have ramped up efforts to thwart Chinese espionage and attempts to steal U.S. military and corporate secrets.
He also said the United States is trying to “tighten up” on programs that allow Chinese researchers to work in the country.
“But it’s not just universities. I mean universities are just part of the problem. But a lot of American businesses just for short-term profit [are doing work in China or with the Chinese],” said Barr.
“They know over the long run it’s not going to be a long-term benefit to their business, but just for short-term gain they are perhaps not doing what is necessary in the long-term interest of the United States.”