President Joe Biden delivered a speech on Tuesday before the United Nations General Assembly in which he claimed that the “freedoms” of world countries are “interconnected.”
“Our security, our prosperity, and our very freedoms are interconnected, in my view as never before. And so, I believe we must work together as never before,” Biden declared.
A number of Republican figures criticized the president for never using the word “China” at any point during his address.
“President Biden didn’t even say “China” during his UN speech. He should clearly state the threat China poses to the world–not pretend it doesn’t exist,” GOP Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas tweeted.
“And so I think it was indicative of his objective of laying out our proactive agenda of the big issues that we can work together on, including with China,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said while responding to a question about the absence of the word from the president’s speech.
Stephen Miller, who worked as a senior advisor and White House director of speechwriting for President Donald Trump, tweeted that, “If you’re looking for a definition of negotiating from a position of weakness, self-doubt and fear — this is it.”
“Impossible to overstate the magnitude of this omission. A draft of the UN speech would have been reviewed by senior officials across the WH & government. Either none of them thought Biden should even *mention* China at the UN, or they were overruled. It is truly inconceivable,” Miller tweeted.
During his remarks Biden did call for decrying “the targeting and oppression of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities,” whether it takes place in Xinjiang, northern Ethiopia, or elsewhere.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who served under former President Trump, blasted Biden’s speech.
“Biden’s speech did not feature an America that leads. Leadership takes strength. What we just saw was a U.S. President repeating feel-good talking points,” Haley tweeted