Politics Biden’s U.N. Pick Confirmed, Following Controversy over Confucius Institute Speech
China central to GOP efforts to push back on Biden
Republicans are digging in on their efforts to paint President Biden as soft on China, laying the groundwork for a midterm elections attack line and shoring up positions for the 2024 presidential contest.While lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have identified China as the gravest national security threat to the United States, House and Senate GOP members are accusing the president's people and policies of failing to stand up to Beijing. Being hard on China is viewed as a winning election strategy, with the country widely viewed as a potential danger to the nation on multiple fronts.
The Senate voted 78-20 to confirm Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday.
Thomas-Greenfield is a veteran diplomat who rose through the foreign service and served as head of African affairs at the State Department from 2013 through 2017. During her service, Thomas-Greenfield oversaw the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic.
Republicans have expressed skepticism of Thomas-Greenfield over an October 2019 speech on the relationship between China and the African continent. The speech was delivered at a Confucius institute at Savannah State University, and the Trump administration later designated the network of institutes as a “.”
Biden heads out of D.C. for town hall and first major presidential trip
President Biden took his message to Milwaukee, attempting to move past former president Donald Trump’s impeachment and sell his own agenda. But even as he tries a return to normalcy, Biden’s events are heavily restricted by the pandemic. Speaking at a CNN town hall, Biden pledged that any American who wants a vaccine will have access to one by the end of July. He said he wanted many elementary and middle schools to be open five days a week by the end of April. And he said that "by next Christmas, I think we'll be in a very different circumstance.
“This nominee has spent years minimizing the threat of China’s actions in Africa and has spoken repeatedly in favor, in favor, of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which is a transparent ploy to spread Chinese Communist influence into other countries,” Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) said in a statement. Cotton was one of the 20 senators to oppose Thomas-Greenfield’s confirmation.
Thomas-Greenfield said during her hearing that delivering the speech was a “huge mistake.”
“I do regret that speech,” Thomas-Greenfieldin January. “But if you look at what I have done prior to that, there is no question that I am not at all naïve about what the Chinese are doing and I have called them out on a regular basis, including today.”
Thomas-Greenfield also compared China’s treatment of its Uyghur citizens to the genocide in Rwanda in the early 1990’s, which she observed as a diplomat in the capital city of Kigali.
The Daily 202: Biden builds back boring in town hall. That’s not a bad thing
Let’s come out and say it: An absence of incendiary tweets doesn’t make a young presidency boring when the administration is facing a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, the resulting economic devastation, the climate crisis and a host of other problems. A running seven-day average of deaths from the virus stood at 2,455. Whatever the assessment of whether Biden is meeting those challenges, these are not boring times. On the substance, the Delaware Democrat probably disappointed progressives on several fronts.
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