Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner appeared to suggest Tuesday that the Biden administration is scared of ruffling China’s feathers amid mass protests in the communist nation.
The communist nation is seeing massive uprisings in response to COVID-19 lockdown measures, prompting authorities to ease several restrictions. The protests are a rare instance of outburst against the authoritarian regime.
CNN’s Jim Sciutto opined the Biden administration was remaining relatively mum so that China could not accuse the U.S. of meddling in their domestic affairs, but then asked whether there is something more the U.S. could do to support protesters.
“I think there are things that those of us, leaders in the Senate and the House have a little more flexibility, frankly, than the administration. You know, the administration, particularly after the most recent meeting between Xi and Biden to try to have – lower some of the tensions,” Warner said. (RELATED: Fox Business Guest Claims Protests In China Are About More Than COVID, ‘They Are Calling For End To Communism’)
“This is a – we don’t want an active conflict to erupt. I think those of us in Congress have a little more freedom and I think we can push the administration, but as you said, we don’t want to feed the propaganda machinery that turns these protesters driven by Chinese people into what the overall message would be of the Chinese people.”
The Biden administration has been reluctant to wade too deep into the situation refusing to condemn China’s draconian lockdown measures, even after the Daily Caller News Foundation reached out several times.
“We’ve said that zero COVID is not a policy we [are] pursuing here. And as we’ve said, 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,” a spokesperson for the National Security Council told the Daily Caller News Foundation.