Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley called the Biden administration’s announcement of a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics a “joke,” because, she said, China doesn’t care if he attends the games.
“A diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics is a joke,” Haley said. “China doesn’t care if Biden and his team show up. They want our athletes.”
President Joe Biden announced the decision to participate in a diplomatic boycott this week. Biden had told reporters in November that he had been “considering” the move.
“That would mean no high-level U.S. government participation, save for the government officials necessary to ensure the safety of American athletes,” Olivia Enos, senior policy analyst in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation, said in November. Enos said a diplomatic boycott was “the most politically feasible option” Biden could take.
Haley has advocated heavily for Biden to launch a full boycott of the games due to the Chinese government’s genocide against Uyghur Muslims.
“The physical and sexual abuse that’s happening to women and children, the forced labor … it’s unthinkable,” Haley said in July. “We have to fight for these people who can’t fight for themselves.”
Conversely, Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz voiced support for a diplomatic boycott by arguing that it was important for American athletes to compete.
“I really hope our young men and women, that they go over there and kick their commie asses,” Cruz said. “We need to win in the Olympics.