U.S. President Joe Biden did not give an unambiguous answer to the question of whether the Washington administration will send a delegation to the Olympic Games, which will be held in February next year in Beijing.
The corresponding question was asked to the American leader before his departure from the airport in New Hampshire. “The delegation is me, and I’ve dealt with it,” Biden replied, according to a transcript distributed by the White House. The U.S. administration has not yet provided any explanations in this regard. The journalists of the White House press pool stated that the meaning of Biden’s words was not clear. They also admitted that the American leader might not have heard the question.
In May, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi called on the international community to diplomatically boycott the Olympics in China. In her opinion, the leaders of the leading countries of the world should refrain from participating in the Games. The reason was the mass repression attributed to the PRC in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Beijing categorically rejects such claims. The U.S. National Olympic Committee opposed the boycott. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on November 10 that the country has not yet decided to participate in the Winter Olympics in China.
On Tuesday, The Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin, in a material published on the publication’s website, made an assertion, citing sources, that the Washington administration plans to announce a diplomatic boycott of the Olympic Games.