‘Pure Weakness’: Ted Cruz Criticizes Biden’s Response To China’s Lockdown Protests

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz criticized the Biden administration’s response to the protests that have broken out in China against the country’s zero-COVID policy, denouncing the White House’s statement as “pure weakness.”

“Pitiful,” the Republican senator tweeted Monday. “At a potentially historic inflection point, Dems shill for the CCP. Pure weakness from the Biden administration.”

“It’s almost as if Biden wishes he was driving a tank in Tiananmen Square,” Cruz added, referring to the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Beijing that ended in a bloody crackdown by Chinese forces. (RELATED: Ted Cruz Gets Syndication Deal, Expands Podcast To Three Times A Week)

A National Security Council spokesperson said Monday that the United States won’t be implementing a zero-COVID policy like China, but will instead focus on increasing vaccinations, including boosters, and making testing and treatment easily accessible.

“We think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy,” the spokesperson said.

“We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, here in the United States and around the world,” the spokesperson added. “This includes the PRC.”

In response to the weekend of protests across the country, Chinese authorities eased some of the COVID-19 restrictions to quell the unrest. The protests started when a fire occurred at an apartment complex in Urumqi, a city in the western province of Xinjiang. The fire killed at least 10 people after quarantine barriers and locked doors prevented tenants from escaping.