House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did not appear to appreciate a question about China.
When FOX Business asked Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker (D-Calif.), about how to prevent slave labor in China, Pelosi was defensive.
“Senator Rubio stated that the House did not vote on the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act because John Kerry, [US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate], lobbied you to not act on it and slow-walk it so that it does not complicate his climate change negotiations. Is that true? Hillary Vaughn, FOX Business’s Hillary Vaughn asked.
Pelosi responded, “No, it’s not true. And you know, again. If you want to repeat these charges of Republicans, that’s up for you. But that is absolutely not true.”
“For more than 30 years, I have been considered the most hated — they use stronger words… in China — due to my attack on their human rights violations. But you asked the question so they won their case,” claimed the speaker without providing any evidence.
Critics have however pointed out that Pelosi has been quick to embrace China when it was politically convenient in the past and is doing so again.
“The Biden administration, Nancy Pelosi are proving their absurdity every day. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) to FOX Business.
John Kerry travels the globe on his private jet to fight climate change. Meanwhile, Uyghur Muslims are detained in reeducation camps and forced labor is used by the CCP to make profit margins. Which is more important? “That’s a question that I would love for Speaker Pelosi answer,” the Pennsylvania congressman said.
- After the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, (UFLPA), which seeks to ban goods made from China using forced labor, was passed unanimously by the Senate this summer. However, Pelosi’s House of Representatives is blocking it despite apparent bipartisan support.
- According to a Washington Post report, the Biden administration was lobbying against this bill with “Biden administration officials… quietly telling legislators to slow down,” because the White House “prefers a more targeted approach and deliberative approach in determining which goods constitute forced labor.”
Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, denied Friday’s report and said that the White House was “hardly neutral.” When asked about Wendy R. Sherman’s position on the matter, Jen Psaki stated that “we have strong concerns, serious concern, and we are absolutely no lobbying in any manner against the passage of the bill.”
However, Sen. Marco Rubio (Republican from Florida) said to FOX Thursday that the issue went beyond politics and that corporations were involved in helping the Chinese.
“Right now as I speak to your, we have CEOs and companies lobbying to repeal my Uyghur slave labor law. It basically states that if products are made in Xinjiang we will assume that they were made by slaves. It’s being quietly killed,” explained the Florida senator.
Rubio had previouslyslammed large corporations such as Apple, Nike, Amazon and Nike for “profiting from” the Chinese government’s abuses.
All this comes as China hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics at Beijing.
Separate reports from Washington Post this week described Chinese Vice Foreign Minister XieFeng’s pressure on U.S. business leaders to “push back against” the boycott of the Winter Olympics. This was widely considered by China experts to be a threat.
Kanter Freedom, who was made a U.S citizen this week, said that Rubio’s bill must pass and “shame upon all those who tried to block this bill.”
Kanter Freedom was not shy when asked about major corporations that cater to China.
“It’s sad to see these major companies like Nike use — these athletes are like puppets,” said the Boston Celtics Center when asked about corporations and LeBron James, a fellow NBA player.
“Those people are in genocide right now. They are being tortured and raped daily. Give it a second. Is there anything more important than all the money you make? Kanter Freedom admonished.