Pence Calls Out China for Election Interference: 'What the Russians Are Doing Pales in Comparison'
- It was a scheduled event
but turned into asurprising show of force.
Vice President MikePence played prosecutor
giving example after example of China
meddling in America's democracy.
- [Pence] To put it bluntly,
President Trump's leadership is working
and China wants a differentAmerican president.
- [Reporter] Going beyond themidterms and other efforts,
Vice President Mike Pence accused China
of directly underminingPresident Donald Trump
after the administration hastalked tough and taken action
against specific Chinese trade,
economic and foreign policies.
- [Pence] Our intelligencecommunity says that
China is targeting
U.S., state, and localgovernments, and officials
to exploit any divisions
between federal andlocal levels on policy.
It's using wedge issues like trade tariffs
to advance Beijing's political influence.
- [Reporter] President Trumpsigned an executive order
back in September
authorizing sanctionsagainst Chinese hackers
involved in election interference.
Since then, the vice presidentsays China has targeted
more than 80% of the U.S. counties
won by Trump in the 2016 election
and is now trying to turn thosevoters against him in 2020.
- [Pence] The Americanpeople will not be swayed
and we will continue to stand strong
for our security and our economy.
- [Reporter] Pence alsowarned American businesses
to be vigilant against Chinese efforts
to leverage access to theirmarkets and technology.
[Pence] Google shouldimmediately end development
of the Dragonfly app that will strengthen
the communist party's censorship
and compromise the privacyof Chinese customers.
- While Google maintains
that it's not launching asearch product in China,
it's been reported several employees
have resigned over the issue.
Vice President Mike Pence says,
"America will not beintimidated and not stand down."
Erik Rosales, CBN News, Washington.