White House Noncommittal of U.S. Participation in 2022 Olympics in China
The White House has not yet decided if the U.S. will participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing amid concerns over the Chinese government’s inhumane treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, which the Trump administration had designated as genocide.
“There hasn’t been a final decision made on that and, of course, we would look for guidance from the U.S. Olympic Committee,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said late last week. The Games are set to begin Feb. 4, 2022.
The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee previously issued a statement on Feb. 3 in opposition of a potential boycott of the Olympics: “We believe the more effective course of action is for the governments of the world and China to engage directly on human rights and geopolitical issues.”
Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley tweeted on Sunday that the U.S. “must boycott” the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, joining a growing number of Republic politicians calling for President Joe Biden to have the U.S. boycott the Games. The last U.S. Olympic boycott took place in 1980 when President Jimmy Carter refused to send American athletes to the Moscow Olympics amid Cold War tensions related to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.