Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe sounded an alarm in a Fox News interview to be aired Sunday night that America’s nemeses are “testing” President Joe Biden after what he described as a series of “wrong decisions.”
“Here’s my concern. Joe Biden is a guy who — his very close friend Robert Gates, who served as the secretary of defense with him in the Obama administration — said Joe Biden was wrong on every national security and foreign policy decision in the last forty years,” Ratcliffe told host Mark Levin for his latest episode of “Life, Liberty & Levin.”
“It’s one thing to be wrong when you’re a United States senator or the vice president, but he’s the president of the United States, and he’s very early on reflecting that he’s still making those wrong decisions when it comes to our national security and foreign policy, and foreign leaders see that and they’re taking advantage of it,” he said.
Earlier in the interview, Ratcliffe noted Russia’s buildup of military assets along its border with Ukraine as a means of “testing” Biden.
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“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin is an ex-KGB thug, but he’s engaging in the same kind of activity that he did in the Obama-Biden administration when he stole Crimea and crossed over Obama’s red line,” Ratcliffe told Levin.
“And now, four years later, he’s testing whether or not the president, the new president of the United States that he sees on TV and has made some conclusions about, whether or not he thinks he’s a strong leader or not. But he’s going to test — he’s testing him right now, and all of these world leaders are,” Ratcliffe added.
Putin sent troops into the Crimea, a formerly semi-autonomous region that straddles Ukraine to the northwest and Russia to the southeast, in March 2014. In response, Obama reacted by imposing sanctions on Moscow.
“The future of Ukraine must be decided by people of Ukraine,” Obama said at the time. Russian forces remain in the region to this day, and after its first three months in office, the Biden administration is projecting an image of “chaos through weakness,” Ratcliffe said.
“Look at our own southern border, the border security issues, the immigration crisis, what now looks like [is] going to be a crisis in the Middle East or Ukraine or in the straits outside of China … I fear that that is what our foreign policy is going to look like,” the former DNI said.
A comparison that doesn’t bode well for the country.
“And what we do is pay attention and see that this is exactly what we don’t want and … what happens when you don’t put America first,” he added.
“And, you know, our first opportunity to change that politically will be in two years, and that’s why it’s important to keep talking about these issues and drawing a contrast between the Trump administration policies and the Biden administration policies that, very early, are failing,” Ratcliffe continued.
Last week, Russian officials criticized the Biden administration as an “unreliable” security partner.
“In key matters of state business, we cannot count on them [the U.S.]. Their mood depends on which leg they stand on in the morning,” said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“The player [Ukraine] allegedly receives some help, but in fact loses significantly. God forbid a country can survive to see such help,” added Nikolai Petrushev, the head of Russia’s Security Council echoed those comments, as he criticized the Biden administration’s soft response to Russia’s buildup.
Reports note that the buildup of forces includes motorized infantry troops, tanks, long-range and self-propelled artillery, multiple-launch rocket systems, long-range communications systems and field hospitals.
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