A Democrat senator just admitted that former President Donald Trump “took bold and aggressive” action against Communist China, whereas Biden has taken a softer approach to diplomacy with the communist nation, according to Breitbart News.
The lawmaker in question, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) made his admission in an interview with Axios, though he also said he felt the former president’s actions had divided America from its allies.
“President Trump took bold and aggressive steps to confront China’s economic and intellectual theft of our innovation … but he did so in ways that genuinely divided us from our allies,” Coons said.
The Democrat from President Joe Biden’s home state is not without power in the Senate, due to his service on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Coons indicated that he expects the new administration would take a different approach to international relations:
“Biden’s approach focuses instead on bipartisanship and working with allies,” the news outlet said. “The first order of business for us is to invest in our own country and in strengthening our own democracy,” Coons declared.
His comments, which sounded conciliatory at first blush, soon turned to finger-pointing aimed at conservatives:
“The harrowing experience of January 6 [Capitol riot], the sharp divisions we saw in our election last year, and the rise of a more aggressive and assertive China and Russia, [have] really helped focus our country in the urgency in coming together and working to make a difference,” Coons told the publication.
According to Coons Jan. 6 a “shock to the system that both hurt our reputation around the world as a functional democracy and made many of us here in Congress reflect on ways that we demonstrate we can legislate in ways that can solve people’s problems,” he added.
Coons comments, among others, are part of conservatives growing concern that President Joe Biden’s ties to China could mean a weakened position against the superpower, should the relationship go south in the future.