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President Joe Biden says the US is “considering” a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics due to China’s human rights violations.
It is customary for the United States and other countries to send high-profile delegates to represent their respective countries in the Games; Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, competed in this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.
However, as worries about China’s human rights issues deepen, many people on both sides of the political spectrum have petitioned the Biden administration to boycott the forthcoming Olympic Games in Beijing. Sen.
Tom Cotton of Arkansas addressed the situation on Wednesday … saying, “I call on the Biden Administration to mount a complete and total boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics — no athletes, no administration officials, no corporate sponsors.”
Even Enes Kanter of the Boston Celtics, an ardent critic of #46, pushed Biden to keep his campaign commitment and “prioritise human rights” before meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
While receiving Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office on Thursday, President Donald Trump would not go so far as to suggest a total boycott was being considered… but a diplomatic boycott is on the table.
If Biden and the White House engage in a diplomatic boycott, the United States will not send an official government delegation to the Games… but athletes will be permitted to compete.
As for whether the topic was brought up when Biden virtually met with Xi this week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said … “They didn’t talk about the Olympics during the meeting. It wasn’t a topic that was discussed during the meeting.”
Story by : Norvisi Mawunyegah