John Ratcliffe becomes new Director of National Intelligence and his main tasks will be China and Russia
On Friday, after a 49-44 vote in the Senate, the Texas Republican John Ratcliffe became the new director of the U.S intelligence. President Trump tipped Ratcliffe for this position last year shortly after the Texas Republican defensed Trump in “slander and libel” during Special Counsel Rober Mueller’s hearings about report of the Russian interference in the presidential election. So the liberals’ worst worries seem to come true and Trump “restaffs” the agencies with his loyalties.
Ratcliffe is supposed to replace the current director, Richard Grenell, who has overseen many of the personnel changes.
So what are the most important tasks the new director will face?
During his confirmation hearing, the Texas Republican said that as Director of national Intelligence he will focus on investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. “All roads lead to China,” he told the senators. It directly follows the statements made by Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who claimed that the Chinese government was the only one responsible for the creation of the virus.
Ratcliffe also promised to commit more resources to counter “the rising power that is China,” citing the Chinese Belt and Road global infrastructure plan as one of several threats to the US emanating from Beijing.
"I look forward to sitting down with you,” he explained how he would ensure that the intelligence community is “dedicated to the rising threat that is China, which I view as our greatest threat actor.”
Director of National Intelligence (DNI) nominee Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) on the biggest threat the United States: “I view China as the greatest threat actor right now.” pic.twitter.com/jkDic2ZH3o— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 7, 2020
Besides China, Rattcliffe is to go on with the tradition of “Russian meddling.” Earlier this month he said that Russia “continues to show discord” in the US. However, the media criticized him for refusing to admit that Moscow alleged interference in 2016 elections is an unproven claim, but a core tenet of the “Russiagate” narrative in the USA.
Ratcliffe will be in charge of the declassification of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s final report on Russian election interference, which will document contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials in 2016.
Ratcliffe will be in charge of the declassification of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s final report on Russian election interference, which will document contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials in 2016. But since the Mueller’s report and followed investigation didn’t provide any evidences of the “meddling”, Ratcliffe wouldn’t need to protect Trump from any new revelations when the report is released later this summer.
However, there is an opinion that the new director will keep the line of accusing Russia because the agency doesn’t have to depart from the status quo of hostility that has steadily increased up since and before Trump’s election.