White House trade advisor Peter Navarro told CNBC Squawk Box hosts that China is recruiting and paying over a million citizens to monitor and influence the U.S. 2020 presidential election process Monday. He described the Wu Mao army, as an online “troll army” aimed at getting presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden elected in November.
Navarro’s warnings are buttressed off of recent U.S. intelligence reports suggesting not only is Russia targeting the elections but so is China, along with other nefarious state actors, such as Iran. One former U.S. military intelligence official told me “China is a very serious concern because they have a vested interest now to work against Trump – his trade deal and actions regarding Hong Kong are several reasons.”
Navarro said the Chinese government is “clearly buying their time waiting for the election hoping Joe Biden will get elected. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Wu Mao army?”
“But one of the things that’s going on is the Chinese communist party is waging informational army the Wu Mao army is millions of Chinese that get paid to troll our Internet and push anti-Trump messages, pro-Biden messages.”
“I looked at what’s going on here with our democracy it’s the scariest as I’ve ever seen it’s become a tool like the Chinese communist party to influence what’s going on here as the president loves to say, let’s see what happens in November but in the meantime, we have to be on guard,” he said.
Navarro also said that the Trump administration’s “rationale for the policy of banning TikTok, WeChat, perhaps others is simply that these are tools where they collect information that goes back to the Chinese mainland…That information can be used by the Chinese Communist Party or the people’s liberation army. There is a reason, Scott, why the Defense Department banned TikTok.”
He added the numerous dangers of using “social media apps to surveil, track and monitor people,.”
He warned that the Chinese can access information such as usernames and passwords, many times which are used by persons throughout their various accounts.
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San Francisco voters have officially recalled extreme progressive Chesa Boudin. The San Francisco Chronicle noted the event as a “historic recall.”
BREAKING: San Francisco removes Chesa Boudin in historic recall.
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) June 8, 2022
“The election, closely-watched across the nation, came after months of intense debate over criminal justice and public safety in San Francisco” writes the Chronicle.
The voters are “frustrated with a dysfunctional city” and horrendous crime rates. They saw “an elected official unwilling to acknowledge he was at least partly responsible for the problems – and cast him out.”
Boudin received an overwhelming 60% vote in favor of recall. San Francisco voters “embrace being labeled as progressive” but “decided they wanted a more traditional crime-fighter as district attorney and delivered what will be viewed nationally as a blow to efforts to reshape criminal justice” adds the Chronicle.
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