Republican lawmakers criticized President Biden over his weak diplomatic boycott at the Beijing Olympics. They claimed that preventing U.S. officials attending the event was not sufficient and called for the removal of the games from China which they claim has committed genocide.
“While I have called for the United States and other nations to impose a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics, this is the bare minimum, and President Biden should do more to hold accountable the Chinese Communist Party,” Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) said in a recent statement.
Hagerty believes that the upcoming Beijing games should be pulled out of China completely, due to the communist regime’s human rights violations which included the disappearance of local tennis superstar Peng Shuai.
“What President Biden should do is insist that the International Olympic Committee move the Olympics from Beijing. The United States should lead the world in protecting not only our own athletes, but all athletes from the malign behavior of the Chinese Communist Party as evidenced by the recent disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai,” Hagerty said.
Hagerty’s remarks came after the White House announced that the U.S. would stage a diplomatic boycott at the Beijing games. Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, stated that American athletes have the full support of the government but will not contribute to the excitement surrounding the games.
Hagerty’s remarks come after the White House announced Monday that the U.S. would stage a diplomatic boycott at the Beijing games. Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, stated that American athletes have the full support of the government but will not contribute to the pageantry leading up to the games.
“U.S. diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the PRC’s egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we simply can’t do that,” Psaki said in a press briefing.
But Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) lambasted Biden’s soft handling of the situation, claiming that his move is not enough.
“A diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics is a joke. China doesn’t care if Biden and his team show up. They want our athletes,” Hawley said.
“President Biden had the chance to actually stand up to Beijing’s genocide and human rights abuses, but again, he has chosen appeasement and weakness over strength and resolve. Time and time again, Biden does the bare minimum when it comes to dealing with China and it’s absolutely unacceptable,” Scott added.