According to Press Secretary Jen Psaki, the Biden administration is not thinking about participating in a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics, which are to be held in Beijing, walking back comments that were made by the State Department on Tuesday of this week.
“Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed,” Psaki said to the media. “We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners.”
Psaki then explained that we “consult closely with allies and partners at all levels to define our common concerns and establish a shared approach, but there is no discussion underway of a change in our plans regarding the Beijing Olympics from the United States’ point of view.”
The day before, a State Department spokesman indicated in an exchange with reporters that the U.S. was discussing whether to skip the Olympics in Beijing as part of a boycott with allies.
“It is something that we certainly wish to discuss and that it is certainly something that we understand that a coordinated approach will be not only in our interests but also in the interests of our allies and partners,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said. “So this is one of the issues that is on the agenda both now and going forward, and when we have something to announce, we will be sure to do that.”advertisement — content continues below
Later that evening, however, Price sought to clarify the remarks , tweeting that the Biden administration has no announcement regarding the 2022 Olympics “but we will continue to consult closely with allies and partners to define our common concerns and establish our shared approach to” China.
A senior State Department official reiterated to CNBC that stance, saying “Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed. We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners.”
Some members of the GOP have been encouraging the Biden administration to boycott the Beijing Olympics due to China’s oppression of the Uyghurs and all the crackdowns on basic rights in the city of Hong Kong.
That’s not all. China has a lot to answer for in regards to the coronavirus as well. The Chinese Communist Party is responsible for all of the deaths that have occurred globally due to their failure to pass on important information regarding case numbers at the start of the pandemic.
That alone is reason to boycott.