The Biden administration is expected to announce this week that no US government officials will be attending the 2022 Beijing Olympics, implementing a diplomatic boycott of the games, according to several sources.
The move would allow the US to send a message on the world stage to China without stopping American athletes from competing. The National Security Council, which is discussing the boycott separately, declined to comment.
Last month, US President Joe Biden told reporters he was considering a diplomatic boycott as Democratic and Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, backed a to protest China’s human rights abuses.
A total boycott is not expected, meaning that US athletes will still be allowed to compete. The last time the US boycotted the Olympics completely was in 1980 when former President Jimmy Carter was in office.
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