The Biden administration confirmed on Monday that the U.S. will participate in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games despite China’s long-standing human rights violations in the communist nation.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed U.S. involvement during Monday’s daily briefing.
“We believe U.S. athletes, people who have been training, giving up a lot of blood, sweat, and tears preparing for these Olympics should be able to go and compete, and we look forward to cheering for them from home,” she said.
JUST IN: The US won’t send any diplomatic representatives to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as a statement against Chinese human rights abuses https://t.co/PIibAA0XEe
— CNN (@CNN) December 6, 2021
Instead of boycotting the Games, the U.S. will instead participate in a diplomatic boycott. This simply means no American governmental leaders will attend the Olympics.
Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney applauded the move.
A diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Games sends the right message to the CCP without punishing U.S. athletes. Never again must the @Olympics be awarded to a nation which commits genocide and so blatantly violates the human rights of its own citizens.https://t.co/khazeG5QmX
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) December 6, 2021
Others argue the boycott does not go far enough against a country leading genocide against people in its own nation. Again, the U.S. seems to be leading from weakness under the leadership of the current president.