Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said on Sunday he can’t understand why the Biden administration is allowing the purchase of Chinese-made drones that are certain to come with national security implications.
In an interview with Fox News, Ratcliffe told host Maria Bartiromo buying those drones for federal law enforcement was not wise because the Chinese likely include intelligence-gathering capabilities inside the drones.
He also noted that the Trump administration flagged a specific Chinese firm regarding what officials said was “moderate confidence” that the company was providing information on U.S. critical infrastructure to the Chinese Communist Party.
“Like so much that Biden administration has done on national security lately, this makes very little sense,” Ratcliffe said.
“It’s harmful to our national security. And also, Chinese drone technology is not as good as U.S. drone technology,” he added.
“So it’s hard to make sense out of what’s doing this, other than it is consistent with the Biden administration taking a softer approach, trying to promote a false narrative that somehow China is a competitor and not an adversary.”
“The Biden administration, through the FBI and Secret Service purchased from DJI, which is a company that the Trump administration actually flagged in 2017, Department of Homeland Security said that that specific company was using its drones for the purpose of providing information on U.S. critical infrastructure to the Chinese Communist Party,” he said, confirming the purchases to Bartiromo.
Former DNI Director John Ratcliffe: Biden admin is undoing the Trump admin's work tackling the threat of China. Now, the US is buying drones from the Chinese, which is "harmful to our national security." Biden treats US parents as more threatening than Chinese spies, he says. pic.twitter.com/PCq1hUmUmE
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“And that was moderate confidence that that was taking place, which is why our administration took all of those out and basically advanced a policy where we wouldn’t use that Chinese technology, you outline the kind of concerns that Huawei and companies that are controlled by the Chinese Communist Party pose to our national security,” he added.
Ratcliffe also addressed the issue of Chinese spies inside the U.S.
“I went to Capitol Hill as the Director of National Intelligence last year to brief Congress on those efforts, and particularly on China’s efforts to target members of Congress at a rate of six times greater than any other country. And you’re familiar with Chinese spies and relationship with California congressman Eric Swalwell. So you know, the idea that all suddenly stopped, is, you know, nonsensical,” the former DNI and Texas congressman said.
“The reason you’re not seeing this is, you know, the Department of Justice gets what it focuses on. And right now, very clearly, the Biden Department of Justice and law enforcement think that American parents are terrorists and not, you know, Chinese espionage agents that are very clearly not just in Washington, D.C., but as you said, in Wall Street, this narrative of China as a noble strategic competitor, you know, as Wall Street banks are selling trillions of dollars in debt and equities in Chinese companies to U.S. investors and retirees,” he added.
“There are so many both in Washington and in Wall Street that don’t want China to be the bad guy. And as I said before, recent events around the world that resulted in the deaths of 4 million people worldwide at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party through COVID, you know, should teach a lesson that China’s not to be trusted, particularly with regard to national security,” Ratcliffe stated.