May 4, 2023

Senator Schmitt Questions Director of National Intelligence on Increase in Chinese Nationals at the Southern Border, Afghanistan Intelligence Failures

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Eric Schmitt questioned Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines on the concerning influx of Chinese nationals attempting to cross the southern border, as well as lessons learned from intelligence failures during Joe Biden’s disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal:

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  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported an 800% increase in illegal border crossing by Chinese nationals compared to prior years.
  • During Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, the United States left over $7 billion dollars’ worth of valuable military equipment that ultimately fell in the hands of the Taliban. In total, Biden left behind at least:
    • $48 million in ammunition
    • 80 aircrafts
    • 23,000 Humvees
    • 250,000 automatic rifles
    • 95 drones
    • 42,000 pieces of sensitive military equipment, including night vision goggles.

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