The Biden administration said Tuesday evening that their position on the upcoming 2022 Olympics in Beijing “has not changed” and they have not discussed any boycotts.
The State Department issued a statement saying it was not considering a boycott after spokesman Ned Price suggested earlier in the day that one was possible in response to China’s human rights abuses.
“Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed,” a senior State Department official told CNBC. “We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners.”
A former senior Treasury official told CNBC that boycotting the Olympics would be seen as a “Cold War statement” and that “it’s better to go there and dominate.”
“It’s better to be Jesse Owens than the Soviets in ’84,” the official added.
Biden is likely to face intense backlash if he does not at least seriously consider boycotting the Beijing Olympics after he threw his support last week behind Major League Baseball withdrawing their