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Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, who served in the Trump administration, is warning that Joe Biden is now America’s “greatest threat.” During an interview with Fox News host Mark Levin, Ratcliffe spoke about Biden’s disastrous handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the chaos that has ensued in the aftermath.
“So my question to you is, what has Joe Biden done to America’s national security?” host Mark Levin asked.
“Well, Mark, to your point, first on Afghanistan, I hope that it’s just something that has an impact for decades, I hope it’s not centuries. It’s the most profound loss for the United States certainly in our lifetime,” Ratcliffe began, reflecting on his time as the director of National Intelligence and information that he was partial to.
“But one of my concerns there, and this goes to your larger question about what has Joe Biden done to our national security, he has very clearly harmed it, but in so many respects beyond Afghanistan. But this most recent, most painful, most colossal, epic failure in Afghanistan has literally breathed life into the radical Islamic terrorist movement not just in Afghanistan but around the world. We won’t know the consequences of how bad they really are for a long, long time to come, who he has inspired, and what groups morph out of what they see as a victory of epic proportions over the great Satan, the United States,” Ratcliffe added.
“So, that is just part of it. But to your larger question, Mark, you know, I wrote an article as the Director of National Intelligence saying that China was our number one national security threat, I did that as I was walking out the door based on the fact that I’m the person who saw more intelligence than anyone else in the country over the last year and China very much is that existential threat to our country,” he said.
“But if I had to write that op-ed today, I would tell you that I think the greatest national security threat, at least in the short-term, is Joe Biden and our national security apparatus. And the reason I say that I am not trying to be glib or hyperbolic, but Mark, they have literally gotten everything wrong for 8 straight months with respect to China, Russia, Iran, and throughout the Middle East, now including Afghanistan, it goes on and on,” he continued.
A new poll found that Republicans gave Biden a poor grade on his handling of major foreign policy decisions, especially on the administration’s chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in 2021.
A whopping 70% of GOP voters said Biden did a fair or poor job with the pullout, according to the Pew Research Center.
Republicans also slammed Biden’s massive increase in government spending as inflation ha soared for over a year.
“I think he’s really screwed up the economy,” said Republican Party strategist John Feehery. “He’s incompetent, and he’s not the moderate that he portrays himself as. The ‘Build Back Better’ thing was kind of a disaster. The Inflation Reduction Act was to reduce inflation, [which is still above 7%]. I give him a D. But the American economy is pretty resilient, and it’s going to come back despite his best efforts and the excessive spending.”
Republican Party strategist John Feehery slammed Biden, saying he has not shown any mastery of governing for someone who has spent nearly all his adult life in Washington, D.C., as a politician.
“He’s not very coherent,” Feehery said. “He doesn’t seem like he’s got a firm hand on the wheel. And I think the biggest shock is how liberal his administration has been. From education to the woke agenda to all the transgender stuff, they’re far on the left.”