(PresidentialInsider.com)- The National Pulse is reporting that Lael Brainard, Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as Vice-Chair of the Federal Reserve is married to someone with “deep ties” to China. Of course, almost everybody in Washington DC has some links to China, so it isn’t exactly a shock.
Brainard is married to Kurt Campbell who is currently President Biden’s “Asia coordinator” on the National Security Council. Before that, Campbell served in the Obama administration as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Between government gigs, Campbell was Chairman and CEO of the Asia Group which serves as a “strategic advisory firm” for companies looking to do business throughout Asia.
According to the National Pulse, Kurt Campbell has “deep ties to Beijing’s foreign influence operations and propaganda organs.” By that, they mean Campbell has participated in conferences sponsored by Beijing-linked businesses and organizations including the Confucius Institutes.
Campbell, according to the National Pulse, was the “guest of honor” at the National Chinese Language Conference at some point, but they don’t say when.
While all this sounds pretty damning for Kurt Campbell, Lael Brainard isn’t the one attending conferences sponsored by organizations linked to Beijing.
The only link the National Pulse alleges between Brainard and the Communist Chinese is when she served in the Obama Department of Treasury, Brainard “oversaw” reports “that all cleared China” of currency manipulation and she never criticized them. The rest of the National Pulse report is about Campbell, not Brainard.
Brainard has been on the Federal Reserve board of governors since 2014. Before that, she served as Barack Obama’s Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs from 2010 to 2013.
When Brainard was floated as a possible nominee for Biden’s Treasury Secretary, it was reported that she was bound to face scrutiny over her “dovish” comments about China while she was serving in the Obama administration. However, those who worked with her argued that while her public comments were mild, Brainard took a more aggressive approach to China in private.