Washington – At today’s House Republican leadership press conference, Wyoming Congresswoman and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) spoke about the Biden Administration’s weak response as our adversaries continue to test and threaten our national security.
Watch the video here, and see the transcript below:
REP. LIZ CHENEY: We’ve got a number of – two of our new members here to talk about D.C. statehood and the bill that will be on the floor today on that, and also about what’s happening at the border again. The other issue, set of issues, that we’ve been discussing are the national security set of issues which we’re watching around the world – our adversaries are testing this new Administration. Whether you’re talking about what’s happening in Russia with the troop buildup on the border of Ukraine – the new CIA Director Bill Burns said this could well be a preparation for a limited military incursion. Whether you’re talking about what’s happening with the Chinese government, the Chinese Communist Party, and the extent to which they’re threatening Taiwan and continuing their malign influence and activities around the globe. What’s happening in Iran – the announcement that they’re now going to 60% enrichment in their continued aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons. Whether you’re talking about North Korea and their continued nuclear buildup and potential resumption of testing, long range testing. Around the globe we’re watching as our adversaries test us, as our adversaries threaten us and so far, the Biden Administration has been lacking, sadly, in its response.
Our adversaries need to know that we have the will and the capacity to defend ourselves, that is the only way to deter the kind of threat that we see. When you combine the continued response by the Biden Administration, which seems to be “if the Iranians threaten their nuclear buildup, then what we need to do is get back in the JCPOA.” The JCPOA obviously gives the Iranians a pathway to a nuclear weapon. So, they do not seem to recognize that it’s in fact weakness, it’s provocative, and we, certainly, in the House Republicans are absolutely dedicated, committed to ensuring that we do our part in terms of oversight, in terms of highlighting the extent to which we know that a military that is second to none and a strong relationship with our allies – those two things are very important for us to be able to defend ourselves. We’re going to continue to focus on and work on those issues.