National Counterintelligence and Security Center director Bill Evanina accused Russia of wanting to destroy the United States, but said China posed a greater threat to the country.
In an interview with Hearst, he was asked if Russia and China want to destroy America. Evanina replied that Russia wants to, but China does not.
However, he rejected the idea that Russia poses a more serious threat to the United States than China.
“Russia cannot destroy us,” Evanina explained. “Unless it uses a nuclear bomb, Russia cannot destroy our country.”
“China has a lot more arrows in its quiver as an existential threat. They have a lot more opportunities, flexibility, – he continued. – Both countries have such intentions, but I would say that China is six to eight times more effective and more dangerous than Russia. From the point of view of counterintelligence. “
The counterintelligence chief also accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of inciting racial and political divisions in the United States.
“I would say that Putin has achieved his goal in inciting controversy in America,” he said. “The current situation, our distrust of the electoral process … it was clearly not without the efforts of the Russian government.”
He added that Russia, China and Iran are trying to prevent the United States from getting the coronavirus vaccine.
“I would say that the same three countries – China, Russia and Iran – are trying to prevent us from getting the vaccine,” Evanina said. – China and Iran are actively involved in the competition for vaccine production. Russia has publicly stated that it already has the vaccine. I read the other day that 50 percent of the Russian population does not believe this. ”
However, he said that America is resilient and has invented quality vaccines in the past. “I think this will help us cope,” he said.