EXCLUSIVE: House China Select Committee Chairman Mike Gallagher called the Biden administration “divided” on whether Beijing or climate change poses the greatest national security threat to the U.S., telling Fox News Digital that the split is the reason for the administration’s “policy incoherence.”
Rep. Gallagher, R-Wis., is leading the new House committee focused on combating the threat China poses to the U.S. — a panel created for the 118th Congress by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and established with broad bipartisan support.
In an interview with Fox News Digital, Gallagher said he has a relationship with the Biden administration and is confident that the committee will be able to work with officials, despite disagreements in approach.
“We can still have a bipartisan spirit that makes room for thoughtful disagreement,” Gallagher said.
And the White House National Security Council (NSC) told Fox News Digital it plans to work with the committee on the matter.
“Under President Biden, we are more prepared to outcompete China, protect our national security, and advance a free and open Indo-Pacific than ever before,” NSC spokesperson Adrienne Watson told Fox News Digital. “Many of the efforts we have been pursuing are bipartisan, underscoring the alignment at home on this key issue.”
She added: “We look forward to the committee getting stood up and we will continue working with Democrats and Republicans in Congress on this top priority.”
But Gallagher said a challenge could be the apparent split between Biden administration officials in what the greatest threat to the nation is, and prioritizing how to address that threat.
“I think the White House is divided,” Gallagher said. “The chairman of the Joint Chiefs will say China is our biggest short-term, near-term, long-term threat.”
Officials like FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director William Burns and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines have repeatedly warned that China poses the greatest threat to the national security of the U.S.
“But you have some of this tension because there is a substantial portion of the administration that actually…