After allowing a suspected Chinese spy balloon to fly across the continental United States before allowing the military to shoot it down over the Atlantic Ocean, President Joe Biden faced renewed allegations that his administration is too cozy with China’s communist government.
Since then, he has downplayed reports that China is considering supplying Russia with military aid and equipment even as the U.S. ramps up its support for Ukraine in the ongoing war between those two nations.
“I don’t anticipate a major initiative on the part of China providing weaponry to Russia,” the president said, going on to vaguely claim that the U.S. “would respond” to any such aid.
His Pollyannaish outlook was apparently not shared by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said after a meeting earlier this month with a top Chinese foreign policy official: “Some further information that we are sharing today and that I think will be out there soon … indicates that they are strongly considering providing lethal assistance to Russia.”
Combined with troubling details about his family’s business entanglements in China, Biden’s foreign agenda has led some critics to question his policy of appeasement.
Communist China has chosen to be our enemy. The CCP wants to destroy our way of life, and @JoeBiden shows nothing but weak appeasement.
The American people deserve a leader in Washington who stands up to evil regimes and puts America first.https://t.co/gD4LL79xjc
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) February 24, 2023
During an interview on Sunday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) chastised the president for not putting U.S. interests first.
“All that Biden does is pacify China,” he said. “I mean, I don’t know why he does it. I don’t know if he’s compromised. I don’t know what it is, but this is a guy that won’t stand up to dictators around the world.”
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) has prioritized an investigation into financial ties between China and some of the president’s closest relatives.
Biden has become increasingly dismissive of questions about the topic, including a brush-off of one reporter’s effort to determine whether his son, Hunter, still has a stake in a Chinese government-backed company.
“You can come to my office and ask a question when you have more polite people with you,” Biden shot back.
Concerns about Biden’s China policy have become commonplace among the American people, as a recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll determined.
Not only is the number of respondents who believe that China poses a serious threat to the U.S. trending upward, but a mere 40% approve of the way the president is handling the situation.