Former President Donald Trump will be remembered as one of the harshest presidents on China since Richard Nixon. However, Trump has spoken out against skipping the 2022 Olympics, and many people are curious as to why.
Donald Trump explained why the United States should participate in the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing in an interview with Real Clear Investigations on Thursday, June 17.
According to RCP, Trump stated that pulling America out of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and the nearby Hebei region would be “unfair to the participants.”
“Describing the Olympics as ‘peanuts,’ Trump also suggested that a boycott would be seen around the world as ‘sour grapes’,” according to the article.
“I see it both ways,” Trump replied, “but I would not do that. … You go. You compete. You win.”
The Hill provided some context for why the statements may have caught some off guard.
“Considering the tense relationship the former president shared with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the country as a whole,” the article added, “Trump’s remarks may come as a surprise to some.”
“During his tenure as president, Trump engaged in a trade war with China and repeatedly blamed the country for the coronavirus pandemic that is believed to have originated in Wuhan,” The Hill reports.
“The former president also attacked President Biden during the 2020 campaign cycle over his son’s relationship with China and his work with Xi as vice president during the Obama administration,” it said.
Human rights activists have called for the U.S. to boycott the Beijing Olympics due to various China’s persecution of Uighur Muslims, Tibetans, and people from Hong Kong.
The human rights group stated, “We call on all governments and people, including all National Olympic Committees and Olympic athletes, to boycott the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games,” then “The Chinese government is committing genocide against the Uyghur people and waging an unprecedented campaign of repression in East Turkistan, Tibet and Southern Mongolia, as well as an all-out assault on democracy in Hong Kong.”
Due to human rights concerns, several U.S. legislators have urged diplomatic boycotts and asked television stations not to show the events.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi supported a diplomatic boycott of the games, stating that the U.S. “cannot proceed as if nothing is wrong” with the Olympics being held in China. The U.S. Olympic Committee, on the other hand, has encouraged Congress not to withdraw athletes from the games, claiming that doing so is “not the solution to geopolitical issues.”
Senator Ted Cruz repeated Trump’s opinion that the U.S. should travel to Beijing and defeat the Chinese at their own game.
The US should not boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Instead, we should go to Beijing, compete, and then kick their commie asses.https://t.co/05PzKBircS
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 18, 2021
Cruz said, “Yep, the United States should not boycott the Winter Olympics in 2022. We could instead travel to Beijing, compete, and then beat their communist asses.”