Senator Ted Cruz, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a statement Monday in response to news of the Biden administration’s lackluster response to China’s protest over its stringent lockdown regulations.
The senator went on to criticize the Biden administration for failing to express strong support for demonstrators speaking out against the authoritarian CCP.
The White House issued a statement on Monday emphasizing the difficulty of China’s stated “zero COVID” policy rather than giving support for the Chinese people’s liberties.
“The Biden administration’s response has been worse than expected. The CCP should know that one way or another, in the coming months or in the coming years, the United States will hold accountable each and every CCP official responsible for atrocities against these protesters.” Cruz said.
“The Biden Administration’s weak rejection of the CCP’s zero-Covid policy and refusal to call out General Secretary Xi’s totalitarian grip is nothing short of cowardly. Just weeks after shaking hands with Xi in Bali, President Biden and his administration have once again demonstrated that they are unwilling to stand up to the CCP and stand in solidarity with the Chinese people,” he continued.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) also issued a blistering statement on Monday in response to China’s actions, as did Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ).
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and other Democrats on the committee have been largely mute on the recent Chinese demonstrations and President Biden’s underwhelming response to it.
Since a high-rise fire last Thursday that killed ten Chinese residents and was widely blamed on COVID restrictions, riots and protests have begun to roil the Communist country and citizens begin to rebel against the stringent regulations.
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