WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the below statement following Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent interview on 60 Minutes. During the interview, in response to CBS’s Norah O’Donnell asking Secretary Blinken, “If [the genocide in] Xinjiang isn’t a redline with China, then what is?” he responded that the U.S. does not have “the luxury of not dealing with China.”


Senator Rick Scott said, “The United States is in a New Cold War with Communist China and it’s time that President Biden acts accordingly. Every day we see General Secretary Xi’s threats on freedom and human rights grow more intense, yet the Biden Administration remains embarrassingly and dangerously weak.


“Let’s be clear – the U.S. does not have the luxury of ignoring this threat. While Biden tries to talk tough on Communist China, there is no action to back up his words. Every American dollar spent on goods made in Communist China supports its horrific attacks on democracy in Hong Kong, aggression toward Taiwan and genocide against the Uyghurs. There is no room for compromise with a communist regime that wants most of all to dominate the world. Secretary Blinken is right that we must work with our allies to stand up to Beijing, but we must go even further and do what reality demands: completely decouple from Communist China and treat them as the enemy they are.”