President Donald Trump has frequently criticized China and warned of its growing global influence throughout his first term in the White House.
As the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe’s office indicated this week, however, some in the intelligence community might be seeking to politicize sensitive data to downplay the threat China poses to the U.S.
Reports of Chinese disinformation
According to Breitbart, Ratcliffe is considering a refusal to sign off on an intel report due to Congress on Friday if it does not sufficiently detail the communist nation’s alleged attempts to interfere in the 2020 election.
Echoing the president’s prior rhetoric, Ratcliffe has made no secret of his view that it is China, not Russia, that poses the “greatest threat” the U.S. has faced since World War II.
Trump’s top spy is said to be concerned that some in the intelligence community are hoping to push out a report on election interference that ignores “ample” evidence of China’s attempted acts of sabotage.
Among the examples of alleged Chinese interference was the amplification of rumors that the president was a white supremacist.
While the intelligence community is reportedly debating the severity of the threat, some insiders are allegedly out to hurt Trump politically with a misleading report — and Ratcliffe is said to be prepared to intervene.
“We all know they were”
Amid the controversy, Ratcliffe’s office on Wednesday said the report would not be sent to Capitol Hill by Friday due to “relevant reporting since the election” and the fact that “a number of agencies have not finished coordinating on the product,” as Bloomberg News reported.
According to one senior national security official, Ratcliffe should be applauded for his efforts.
“Good to see Ratcliffe stepping up and addressing the China issue inside the [intelligence community],” the official told Breitbart. “This appears to be a textbook case of intelligence being politicized by a handful of careerists in the bowels of the CIA.”
The unnamed source explained: “They don’t want to give Trump the talking points that China was engaged in election influence operations, but we all know they were.”
Prior to the election, intelligence reports indicated that China wanted Trump to lose because he is “unpredictable.”