Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) declared that U.S. adversaries are sensing some weakness since Joe Biden took over as president in the White House and are ready to exploit this gap, reports Fox News.
Waltz made the statements Friday, May 21, on Fox News’s “Hannity” program and pointed to three specific areas: tensions in the Middle East, the threat of the Chinese regime and its aggression in the Pacific Rim, and Russia’s interference in energy.
“Our adversaries right now smell weakness in the White House, and our adversaries, when they smell weakness, they push, and they’re emboldened,” he said.
“Under President Trump, they [adversaries] were deterred by strength. And that’s what we’re seeing from Hamas launching rockets on Israel, the Iranians on the march across the Middle East, the Russians now getting their pipeline completed for free and nothing in return. We are soon going to see the Taliban on the march,” he added.
On the menace of the Chinese regime
Waltz considers the Chinese regime to be the biggest threat facing the U.S., as the Trump administration had believed it to be. However, the current administration is patronizing the Chinese dictatorship, which is very dangerous, according to the Republican representative.
In this respect, he declared: the Chinese are the most significant threat this country has ever faced, with a navy that’s larger than ours, with an economy that’s on the verge of being bigger than ours, more launches into space than the rest of the world combined, and they are stealing our technology left, right, and center, because they have Wall Street, our universities and our politicians corrupt on Chinese money,” Waltz said.
“This country—you know, it’s the number one job of the federal government is to keep us safe and that’s the last thing Joe Biden is doing right now,” he added.
Looking back, during the Trump administration, the Department of Commerce and other government agencies maintained a strong distance and did not allow themselves to be intimidated by the pressures exerted by the communist regime and its economic power, and even initiated an unprecedented “trade war.”
One of the focal points, which provoked strong tensions between the Chinese regime and the Trump administration, was the telecommunications industry. Over the past two years, the Department of Commerce placed Huawei and approximately 150 of its affiliates on the sanctions list in an attempt to remove the critical U.S. technology and software company.
Also, in June of last year, the Federal Communications Commission officially designated Huawei as a national security threat.
In contrast, Biden now presents a “tepid” approach to the communist regime, while the latter is not resting. Chinese officials have stepped up their rhetoric, presenting demands against the United States on trade, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and human rights as preconditions for “healthy” diplomatic relations.
About Russia and energy
“In his first days in office, he canceled the pipeline. Russian backpackers attacked our biggest pipeline in Colonial after he canceled Keystone,” Waltz said.
This statement comes in reference to Joe Biden’s May 10 statement, blaming a Russian-based hacking group for the cyberattack that forced the shutdown of one of the nation’s largest pipeline networks, Colonial Pipeline, the largest U.S. refined products pipeline operator, which transports nearly 45% of the fuels consumed on the East Coast of the country.
The attack was reported on May 7, and—although there are strong indications that the malware was located on Russian territory—there is so far no evidence to suggest that the Russian government of Vladimir Putin was involved. However, the attack was likely prompted because there is currently no strong figure in the White House, and – on the contrary – Biden is seen as “vulnerable” by the international community.