CNBC: White House leaves door open to boycotting 2022 Beijing Olympics as pressure grows
Thu February, 2021, Age: 3 years
The Biden administration, in a slight shift from its earlier position, indicated that it had yet to decide on whether to boycott the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, said during a press briefing, “There hasn’t been a final decision made on that, and of course we would look for guidance from the U.S. Olympic Committee.” The White House in early February had said that it was not entertaining notions of a potential boycott. The spokesman for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said that the committee remained adamantly opposed to a possible boycott. But a growing number of activists and Republican politicians are calling for the Biden administration to pull out of the Olympics to signal disapproval for Beijing’s human rights abuses and role in the coronavirus pandemic. “To see the American flag and to see American athletes in Beijing celebrating what is the worst of the worst authoritarian regimes right now – I can’t imagine it,” GOP Rep. Mike Waltz of Florida told Fox News.