RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Sunday that China is running the Biden administration.
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” McDaniel talked about voters’ concerns heading into the 2024 election, saying they want the Republican Party to come together to oppose President Joe Biden’s agenda. Specifically, she pointed out that voters are worried that the Biden administration is indebted to the communist nation.
“The voters…feel that angst,” McDaniel said. “And they say that to me all the time. We need party unity. We need to bring everybody together because what they’re doing to our country is frightening. We’re not gonna have the America we know and love if this continues, if they stack the Supreme Court, if they get rid of the filibuster, if they abandon energy independence, if they’re so beholden to China.”
“China is running this White House in a lot of ways,” McDaniel continued. “China is the reason fentanyl is coming across our [southern] border. China is taking our kids’ data on TikTok. We sold our Strategic Petroleum Reserves to China. This is an administration that is more China First than America First, and the American people want a President who cares about them.”
Critics have recently accused the Biden administration of taking a soft approach to China. Last month, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm praised China’s energy and climate policies and said she hoped the U.S. could “learn” from them.
“China has done — has been very sensitive, and has actually invested a lot in their solutions, to achieve their goals,” she said. “We’re hopeful that, you know, we can all learn from what China is doing. The amount of money that they’re investing in clean energy is actually, you know, encouraging.”
Earlier this month, the National Security Council reiterated claims that the Chinese spy balloon that flew across the country in February gathered very little intelligence, despite NBC News reporting that it had collected data from multiple sensitive American military installations and transmitted that information back to China “in real time.”
Also this month, federal law enforcement agents arrested two people in New York for allegedly operating an illegal “police station” for the Chinese Communist Party. A New York Post report said that as many as six other secret police stations exist in the U.S.
Last week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called for a “constructive” and “healthy” relationship between the U.S. and China. “China’s economic growth need not be incompatible with U.S. economic leadership,” she said. “We do not seek to ‘decouple’ our economy from China’s.”