Trump nominee to lead intel community sees China as top threat

first_img“I view China as the greatest threat actor right now,” Ratcliffe, a Republican congressman from Texas, told the Senate Intelligence Committee.”Look with respect to COVID-19 and the role China plays; the race to 5G; cybersecurity issues: all roads lead to China,” he told the panel.He cited China’s geopolitical thrust through its “Belt and Road” global infrastructure initiative, its programs to acquire strategic technologies quickly, and its “military-civil fusion initiative” that keeps the private sector beholden to government priorities.”These are all spokes of the same initiative and that’s for China to supplant us as the world’s superpower.” President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the US intelligence community said Tuesday that he would focus on China as the country’s greatest threat, saying Beijing was determined to supplant the United States’ superpower position.  But John Ratcliffe, an outspoken Trump defender nominated to become director of national intelligence, came under pressure in a Senate confirmation hearing over whether he would politicize the intelligence process to keep the president happy.It’s the second time Ratcliffe has sought the crucial position — which has lacked a permanent office holder for nearly nine months — after he withdrew from consideration in August following questions over his experience and credentials. Topics : Ratcliffe added: “We very clearly don’t want an authoritarian regime like the Chinese Communist Party setting standards in the world marketplace.” Other officials forced out Ratcliffe appeared before the first committee hearing held in Congress after a weeks-long hiatus forced by coronavirus, with masks required for those not speaking and hand sanitizer accompanying bottles of water for those addressing the chamber.The director of national intelligence job has been vacant since Dan Coats, who was regularly at odds with the president, left in August. Trump then forced out other top intelligence officials who were, like Coats, seen as not politically loyal to the White House.Trump has repeatedly accused the US intelligence community of plotting against him as a “deep state,” fuelling increasing resentment among the US spy community. In July Trump first nominated Ratcliffe as DNI but he quickly withdrew in the face of strong resistance in Congress, even from among some senior Republicans. Lawmakers faulted him for an extremely thin resume on national security matters — just one year serving on the House Intelligence Committee.The DNI job requires overseeing and coordinating 16 other intelligence bodies, including the CIA, the National Security Agency, and the FBI’s counterintelligence division.  Trump then named counterterrorism official Joseph Maguire as acting DNI, only to remove him in February after a Maguire aide told Congress that Russia was meddling in the 2020 election and had developed a preference for Trump.Trump then named his ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, another strong political defender, as acting DNI, and renominated Ratcliffe as permanent DNI.That has left the Democrats and Republicans who opposed Ratcliffe last year — including, it is believed, Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr — caught between approving him as permanent DNI or accepting Grenell in the job for another half year. Ratcliffe stressed in the hearing that he would “speak truth to power” and not shape intelligence reports to the president’s preferences.But Democrats expressed doubts, noting his rejection of the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia tried to help Trump in the 2016 election. “Never has anyone more unqualified been formally nominated by a president to lead the US intelligence community,” former CIA chief of staff Larry Pfeiffer wrote of Ratcliffe Tuesday.However, he said on Twitter the committee should confirm him in the job, “because there’s never been anyone less qualified to sit in the DNI’s chair that the current acting DNI Ric Grenell.”last_img read more

Rizeena out of Irish Guineas

first_img He added: “She’d done all her major work six days ago, and was only having a blow-out. The girl who looks after her was very happy with her, as always. “But an hour later, after the horse had a wash-down, we found a bit of blood coming out of her near-side nostril. “It was only a trickle, but if there is in any doubt, we always take them out. “It could be something over nothing, but you can’t take any risks. “The filly is still bright-eyed and alert. I don’t think we’ve a sick animal on our hands.” Rizeena won the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes on her last visit to the Curragh, but only finished seventh behind Miss France on her seasonal bow in the Newmarket Guineas. Press Association Clive Brittain’s filly is denied a run in the Irish Classic after she suffered a setback at her Newmarket home on Thursday morning. Brittain said: “It’s heartbreaking, but it’s what the game is all about. You have your good days, and you have your bad days.” center_img Rizeena will miss the Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday.last_img read more

Dodgers, MLB still celebrate Jackie Robinson Day without games

first_imgAngels’ top prospect Jo Adell tweeted: “Couldn’t imagine a life without being able to pursue my dream because of the color of my skin. Thank you, Jackie. Today is for you!!!”MLB Network and MLB.com planned a full day of Robinson-related broadcasts, streaming and on television. Among the games replayed was the Dodgers-New York Mets game on April 15, 1997, when Robinson’s number was officially retired across the majors.The World Series film from 1955, a Brooklyn Dodgers victory featuring Robinson, was streamed on MLB’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube outlets. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies The Covid-19 pandemic that shut down Major League Baseball altered, but did not stop, the sport’s annual celebration of Jackie Robinson.MLB used its digital platforms to honor Robinson on Wednesday, the anniversary of the day that he integrated the sport with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.Normally, the event is marked by every player in the majors wearing Robinson’s No. 42 in games. Even without games this year, players for the Dodgers, Angels and other major league teams still had their numbers changed to 42 on the roster pages of MLB’s official web site on Wednesday. A few Dodgers players also tweeted messages honoring Robinson.“Happy Jackie Robinson day!,” David Price posted on his Twitter account. “Eternally grateful for Mr. Robinson! I have been looking forward to this day since being traded to LA. Can’t wait to get back to doing what we love! In the meantime let’s just stay home and stay safe.”Michael Hermosillo, one of four African-Americans on the Angels’ major league roster, posted “Thank you! #JackieRobinsonDay,” with a photo of Robinson, on his Twitter account.Related Articlescenter_img The Dodgers planned for manager Dave Roberts and Mookie Betts to speak about Robinson’s impact in a Zoom chat to be shared online on Wednesday night.They also planned to post clips of player interviews from spring training about Robinson on their social network channels throughout the day.The Dodgers changed their profile photo to the No. 42 on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut last_img read more

Video: Dodgers beat Verlander, force Game 7

first_imgThe Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 in Game 6 of the World Series. Joc Pederson hit a home run off Houston ace Justin Verlander while Chris Taylor also added an RBI.Bill Plunkett, J.P. Hoornstra, and Jonathan Khamis recap the game, while also previewing Game 7. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img