Biden says he’s ‘considering’ a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics

President BidenJoe Biden Florida Republicans Vote To Limit Vaccine Mandates Bill Honoring 13 Service Members Killed In Afghanistan Heads To Biden’s Desk Overnight Defense And Homeland Security – Presented By Boeing – Pentagon Promises More Transparency In air strikes MORE he said Thursday that he is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

“It’s something we are considering,” Biden said in the Oval Office when asked by a reporter about the prospects for a diplomatic boycott before a bilateral meeting with the Canadian prime minister. Justin trudeauJustin Pierre James Trudeau Night Defense and National Security – Presented by Boeing – Pentagon promises more transparency in airstrikes Canada’s death toll expected to rise amid massive flooding and landslides Canadian air force assists with evacuations in flood-stricken British Columbia MORE.

Biden hosted Trudeau and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico’s president, on Thursday with the North American Leaders Summit scheduled for later in the day.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on Biden to consider a diplomatic boycott as a way to reject human rights abuses in China. Such a boycott could mean that Biden and other American officials will not attend the Beijing Games, but the United States still sends its athletes.

The president spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, but the White House has said the 2022 Olympics were not part of their discussion.

When asked about the president’s latest comments, the White House said Biden has “serious concerns” about issues including human rights abuses in China.

“There are a number of factors in which we look at what our presence will be” at the Olympics, press secretary Jen psakiJen Psaki Equilibrium / Sustainability – Presented by Southern Company – Native Solar Startups See Business as Activism Psaki: Sexism Contributes to Some Criticism of Harris Arkansas Opens Boosters to All Adults MORE said.

When asked to define what a diplomatic boycott would look like, Psaki had no further comment.

Its. Mitt romneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt Romney In a dramatic change, the director of national intelligence does not rule out the ‘extraterrestrial’ origins of UFOs The Republican Party seeks to expand the candidate tracking program of the state legislature before the midterm elections National Republicans surprised by Sununu’s snub MORE (R-Utah) called for a diplomatic boycott in March, and the Senate in June approved an amendment, which he spearheaded, that would impose one in light of continuing human rights abuses in China, including the Uighur genocide.

“In authoritarian states like China, the Olympics have been more often a propaganda tool than a lever for reform. It is unacceptable that China has the honor of hosting the Olympics while the Chinese Communist Party commits genocide against the Uighur people, “Romney told The Hill in a statement this week.

Romney in an op-ed in March mentioned former President Carter’s decision to fully boycott the 1980 Moscow Games, arguing that, unlike then, American athletes should be able to compete in Beijing.

Spokesman Nancy pelosiNancy Pelosi Senate Advances Defense Bill After On The Money Delay: Biden Alerts Oil Industry (D-Calif.) In May he backed a diplomatic boycott, saying the United States “cannot proceed as if nothing is wrong with the Olympics going to China.”

“This is what I propose… it is a diplomatic boycott. I don’t know if it is possible, because we have not succeeded in the past. And I am a huge sports fan. I watch the Olympics in the middle of the night, ”Pelosi said in remarks to a virtual audience on China.

“And seeing the discipline, the focus, the dedication of our youth, of our athletes, is just the source of such pride. Let’s honor them at home. We do not honor the Chinese government by making heads of state go to China to show their support for their athletes, ”he added.

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