It was affirmed by the acting Minister of National Security, Chad Wolf, before the Senate. His words contradict Donald Trump.
The acting secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, said that white supremacism is “the most persistent and lethal threat” that currently exists in that country.
“White supremacist extremists, from a lethality point of view over the past two years, particularly when looking at 2018 and 2019, are without doubt the most persistent and deadly threat when it comes to violent domestic extremists,” said Wolf, current Acting head of the Department of Homeland Security and candidate to stay in charge of the agency at the proposal of the President, Donald Trump.
Wolf’s message contrasts with the position held by the country’s president and attorney general, William Barr, who have tried to portray the United States as a country besieged by “left” agitators who foment violence in protests of racial injustice.
After a series of attacks attributed to racism and intolerance in 2019, Trump told the press that he does not consider “white nationalism” a growing problem.
In his appearance before the Senate on Wednesday, Wolf said that the United States faces threats of electoral interference from Russia, China and Iran, and warned that “Russia seeks to denigrate former Vice President (Joe) Biden”, Trump’s Democratic rival in the November presidential election.
The official added that there is currently no intelligence information showing that Iran or China have already carried out attacks.
This latest message from the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security also contrasts with the position of Trump, who last week assured in his personal account of the social network Twitter that China is “a much greater threat than Russia.”
Wolf again denied the accusations of the former head of the Department’s Intelligence, who filed a complaint alleging that he was ordered to suppress intelligence information on the issues of Russian interference and white supremacists.
In addition, he defended his career as Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. “I could not be more proud of the achievements we have made,” he highlighted, according to the Bloomberg news agency.
The acting minister said his department took measures against electoral interference by “foreign actors and national states”, made clear his rejection of civil unrest and violence and helped states affected by natural disasters in the country.
Democrats in Congress have criticized Wolf for his role in enforcing some policies of the Trump Administration, including his treatment of hard line to immigrants and the aggressive role the department has played in dealing with protests against police brutality in major cities.
Wolf has served as Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security since November 2019. The department has not had a definitive head in more than a year, an unusually long period for a government agency. The last department head confirmed by the Senate, Kirstjen Nielsen, resigned from her post in April 2019.
Trump named Wolf as a candidate in September after a report from the Government Accountability Office found Wolf and his deputy, Kenneth Cuccinelli, ineligible because of their status as interim senior officials.
The report considered those appointments invalid because Kevin McAleenan, who was acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in 2019, was not appointed in the order of succession, which in turn invalidates the other changes made.