Trump Says He Would Not Boycott Olympics Like Jimmy Carter Did

Trump Says He Would Not Boycott Olympics Like Jimmy Carter Did

( – Several countries, including the United States, are unhappy with China and its alleged mistreatment of Uyghur Muslims. Recently, President Biden announced that the US would implement a partial boycott on the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games. Biden’s approach to the issue is much different than that of his predecessor, Donald Trump, who recently called the ban ineffective and weak.

Boycotts can have tremendous effects on the companies and countries they impact. Yet, as former President Donald Trump told Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” they aren’t always the best way to force change on wayward countries like China who refuse to play ball.

Trump told Bartiromo that he would have refrained from enacting a boycott and that he believes Biden’s partial ban will only impact participating athletes rather than Chinese officials. That’s precisely what happened when Jimmy Carter boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Trump believes the boycott does little more than make the United States look like sore losers.

Athletes train and dedicate themselves to representing America in the best light. Is it really fair to punish them for the actions of the Chinese government?

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) agreed with Trump’s position during a press conference just last month. He believes a full boycott of the Beijing Games is unfair for the men and women who’ve worked so hard to train in advance of the competition. In fact, Cruz says showing up and performing well is a critical part of teaching the communist nation an important lesson.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claims the Biden administration feels the same way. She insists that only government officials will refrain from attending the event, allowing athletes to compete.

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