U.S. in­tel: Rus­sia act­ing against Bi­den


WASHINGTON — U.S. in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials believe that Rus­sia is us­ing a va­ri­ety of mea­sures to den­i­grate Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Joe Bi­den ahead of the Novem­ber elec­tion and that in­di­vid­u­als linked to the Krem­lin are boost­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­elec­tion bid, the coun­try’s coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence chief said Fri­day.

U.S. of­fi­cials also believe that China does not want Trump to win a sec­ond term and is ex­pand­ing its ef­forts to shape pol­icy in Amer­ica.

The state­ment from Wil­liam Evan­ina is be­lieved to be the most pointed dec­la­ra­tion by the U.S. in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity link­ing the Krem­lin to ef­forts to get Trump re­elected.

It also links Mos­cow’s dis­ap­proval of Bi­den to his role in shap­ing Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion poli­cies sup­port­ing Ukraine, an im­por­tant U.S. ally, and op­pos­ing Rus­sian leader Vladimir Putin. That as­ser­tion con­flicts with the nar­ra­tive ad­vanced by Trump, who has made un­sub­stan­ti­ated claims that Bi­den’s ac­tions in Ukraine were in­tended to help the busi­ness in­ter­ests of his son, Hunter.

Asked about the in­tel­li­gence as­sess­ment at a news con­fer­ence Fri­day evening in Bed­min­ster, New Jer­sey, Trump seemed to dis­agree with the in­tel­li­gence as­sess­ment that Rus­sia was try­ing to den­i­grate Bi­den. “I think the last per­son Rus­sia wants to see in of­fice is Don­ald Trump be­cause no­body has been tougher on Rus­sia than I have — ever,” he said.

But the pres­i­dent seemed to agree with the in­tel­li­gence in­di­cat­ing China didn’t want to see him re­elected. “If Joe Bi­den was pres­i­dent, China would own our coun­try,” he said.

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