In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Monday, former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Kash Patel, criticized President Biden for rescinding the Trump administration’s designation of a terrorist organization in the wake of the Houthi attack on a U.S. warship. did. In the Red Sea.
“The Trump administration has prioritized designating terrorist groups as terrorist groups at the State Department of Treasury and every other government agency. And many in the media are saying, ‘You can’t do that, you can’t provide humanitarian aid.’ Despite that, we have designated the Houthis as a terrorist group.”
“Unfortunately, what’s more important than humanitarian aid is to make sure they kill us and that doesn’t happen. And we did it. We got it done.… And then in the first or second month of the Biden administration, they rescinded that designation,” he said.
Patel, who also served as President Trump’s deputy director of national intelligence, added:
It just shows what they think their priorities are. We just have different ways of thinking… Foreign terrorist organizations were a top priority for President Trump. we followed them. We killed a senior al-Qaeda leader.We wiped out and eliminated the ISIS chief [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force leader Qasem] Mr. Soleimani — all of those people were foreign terrorist organizations. We attacked the Houthi foreign terrorists.eliminated al-Shabaab [and] Hezbollah leaders.
And I don’t think there’s an adequate response that Joe Biden can craft now. Our position is so weak that I don’t know if anything short of escalating the US war effort will help resolve this situation. I’m not saying you should. What I’m saying is, we’re in such a bad position that if we were to kick the can down the road and write a disinformation campaign in the media about how we’re going to defeat our enemies. If we’re going to help make it happen, then we’re going to keep going. lose.
Patel said the terrorist group designation prohibits the U.S. government from doing business with those groups and individuals associated with those groups, and prohibits them from doing business with “anything connected to the U.S. banking system.” He explained that it is important to It is essentially the world banking system. ”
“So if you shut them down economically, in terms of the military perspective, which is my focus, you can target them as terrorists. And if they meet the threshold, they leadership, people who are actually terrorists, can be removed,” he explained.
“And lifting the designation, as the Biden administration has done, would give them access to the global banking system, allow them to travel freely, and allow them to engage in business with allies. That will happen,” he added.
So it allows them to get money or get funding. You are allowing Iran to pay them, but we have no recourse. They are not a designated terrorist organization, so they are not an operational or intelligence priority, and they are not a priority for intelligence gathering purposes.
“According to the Biden administration, ‘humanitarian groups’ attacked US destroyers in the Red Sea because they are ‘humanitarian groups.'” And Joe Biden did nothing about it, he said. Said.
Patel also said President Biden lifted the freeze on $6 billion in assets in October, leaving Iran, “the epicenter of attacks by Hamas” and its Houthi proxies, “rich in cash.” It pointed out.
“[Iran] paid for it. they funded it. Hamas is a proxy force for Iran. “It’s a Shiite militia just like Hezbollah and the Houthis in Yemen,” he said.
“When Joe Biden unfrozen $6 billion and gave it to Iran, I immediately said it would go toward funding further war efforts by Iranian proxies. came out and said, “What are we going to do with this money?” [Secretary of State] “Antony Blinken and Biden are saying, ‘Oh, there’s going to be rules and constraints and oversight,'” Patel said.
“Now they’re funded and cash-rich. And they’re going to go ahead and attack American destroyers in the Red Sea right off the Bab el-Mandab Strait. This strait is “It is one of the most important straits in the Gulf, because in terms of trade inflows and trade, this strait controls traffic: from the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea,” he added.
Patel said the Biden administration’s response to recent attacks on U.S. assets in the Middle East by the Houthis and other Iranian-backed proxies has been “weak.”
“We cannot tolerate foreign terrorist organizations attacking U.S. warships during a war, only to remove some of their bases and operational bases in random areas,” he said.
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Since October 17, Iranian-backed proxy forces in the Middle East have carried out at least 74 attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria, intercepted by drones and U.S. ships flying in the region. This does not include missiles.
Rockets and drone strikes have left U.S. soldiers with injuries including traumatic brain injuries and shrapnel injuries, which the Biden administration has described as “minor injuries.”
In response, the Biden Pentagon conducted four strikes against the proxy group. Three of the attacks on weapons facilities resulted in no casualties, and only one resulted in the death of the person responsible.
He said the Biden administration is pushing a false narrative that everything is under control, when in reality “they’ve seen two world wars start on Biden’s watch.”
“I think we will see more attacks of this kind in the future. Iran continues to strengthen its ties with Russia, the Communist Party of China, Saudi Arabia and its former allies in the Middle East, but its banking system is open to them and oil trade are open and trade is open to them,” he said.
“And now Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism with $6 billion in cash, is winning the propaganda war that it is a real, serious and credible threat to America,” he said. strategy. “