NCSC: China and Iran want Biden, Russia wants Trump

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(CNN)The US intelligence community's top election security official said in a statement Friday that China "prefers" an outcome where President Donald Trump is not reelected in November and Russia is working to denigrate former Vice President Joe Biden's White House bid.

"We assess that China prefers that President Trump -- whom Beijing sees as unpredictable -- does not win reelection," said William R. Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, in a statement updating the election threat landscape heading into the November election."

China has been expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020 to shape the policy environment in the United States, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China's interests, and deflect and counter criticism of China."

"We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia 'establishment.' This is consistent with Moscow's public criticism of him when he was Vice President for his role in the Obama Administration's policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia," Evanina added.

Evanina also stated that Iran is seeking to "undermine US democratic institutions, President Trump, and to divide the country."The statement from Evanina is the clearest the intelligence community has been in suggesting Russia prefers one candidate over the other in the 2020 race.

The intelligence community in 2017 assessed Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an "influence campaign" aimed at harming Hillary Clinton and designed to help Trump win.An official with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence told CNN that there's "no particular rank or order by which the threat actors are listed" in Evanina's statement.

"Each of these adversaries poses a threat to our election and it's imperative that we all work together as a nation to combat them," the official told CNN in a statement Friday.The official said the assessments are the "most current, accurate, and objective election threat information the Intelligence Community has to offer in an unclassified setting at this time."

CNN reported Friday that US intelligence officials presented information to lawmakers and presidential campaigns indicating Russia is behind an ongoing disinformation push targeting Biden.

Biden's campaign advisers have already discussed Evanina's assessment, according to one person familiar with the discussions. The team has specifically focused on the semantics of the statement as it relates to the former vice president, noting that Russia is unambiguously looking to "denigrate" Biden while China simply "prefers" a Trump defeat.

Evanina came under fire from Democratic leaders last month when he last issued a warning about efforts by Russia, China and Iran to interfere in the November election. Lawmakers claimed his statement did not go "nearly far enough" in providing the American public with information about foreign attempts to influence the election.In a joint statement, Sens. Marco Rubio, acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Friday thanked Evanina for providing the additional information about the threats and encouraged the intelligence community to "continue to make this information available."

The two senators also called on "political leaders on all sides to refrain from weaponizing intelligence matters for political gain, as this only furthers the divisive aims of our adversaries.

"The head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Christopher Krebs, also praised the transparency of Evanina's statement — but specifically mentioned Russia and not the other countries by name.

"We have long said Russia and other nation-states are targeting our elections," Krebs said in a statement Friday. "We knew this to be true in 2016, we know it's true today and we know they will continue to attempt to interfere."

In his statement Friday, Evanina said, "Many foreign actors have a preference for who wins the election, which they express through a range of overt and private statements; covert influence efforts are rarer."

In providing an example of Russia's attempts to "denigrate" Biden, Evanina accused pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach of "spreading claims about corruption" to undermine Biden's candidacy and the Democratic Party.Evanina also said some with ties to the Kremlin seek to boost Trump's candidacy on social media and Russian TV.

And China's public rhetoric over the past few months has grown "increasingly critical" of the Trump administration's coronavirus response, the recent closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston and actions related to Hong Kong, among other issues, Evanina noted.

"Beijing recognizes that all of these efforts might affect the presidential race," Evanina said.

Someone in this administration admits Russia wants Trump still in office. About time someone said it. That said, I call BULLS*** on Iran and China wanting Biden. Both of them seem to benefit greatly under Trump. Hell, they both enjoy the chaos under his administration (see: George Floyd protests).

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I doubt this. China is growing in power because of Trump being a dingus.

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Maybe now the security of our elections can be a non-partisan issue... Mitch.

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China clearly wants Trump to win. Trump is a gift that keeps giving to China.

From the first day in office, the US pulling out of the Trans Pacific Partnership was a gift to China as it continues to develop the Belt and Road project.

Backing out of the Paris Treaty, another gift, pulling the US away from clean energy sector, therefore fewer competitors.

Multiple and irrational sanctions around the world just makes the US an unreliable trading partner.

The crazier Trump becomes the more other nations turn to China instead. Because most nations need a stable environment.

Tariffs, Tik Tok, Wechat and even Huawei are simply prawns in the bigger scheme of politics.

Iran probably prefers Biden to win since the JCPOA deal might come back into play. But, the little trust struck during the Obama era has gone and will take a lot of political will from the US to mend ties. And Iran has struck a 25 year technology and military pact.

Logically Trump cannot win, but then again I thought the same in 2016 after the, “pussy grabbing,” incident. But who knows?

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@kadin_kai: A lot of Americans are ok with the lack of trust.

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https://youtu.be/z5-QyQ_QWQU

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@jeezers: Ok?

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"That said, I call BULLS*** on Iran and China wanting Biden."

I laughed.

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#9 Drunk_PI
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@nintendoboy16:

Considering Trump's favorable views on Russia and Putin, I agree with the assessment. That being said, I would understand why the Chinese government and the Iranian government would prefer a Trump defeat.

China would probably prefer less the status quo prior to Trump but here's an article suggesting that China may want a Trump victory. LINK

As for Iran, it's obvious with the Iran Nuclear Deal and a return to when U.S.-Iran relations were starting to improve after that deal.

That being said, this whole thing proves that election security is a significant issue that continues to be undermined by the Republican Party.

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We should investigate Biden for China ties.

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#11 jeezers
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@n64dd: I agree, they should look into Hunters investment in Chinese banks while his daddy was VP

https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-we-know-about-hunter-bidens-dealings-in-china-11570181403