President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to head the State Department, Antony Blinken, during his Senate verification hearing on Tuesday afternoon admired President Donald Trump for being “harder” on China.
Blinken dealt with questions from members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the last day in which Republicans have full control of the panel, enabling them to lead the conversation.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) asked Blinken whether he agreed with some of the Trump administration’s “foreign policy achievements.”
In responding, the potential secretary of state kept in mind:
President Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China. I disagree very much with the manner in which he set about it in a number of locations. But the basic concept was the ideal one, and I think that’s in fact practical to our foreign policy.
” I think President Trump opened everybody’s eyes in terms of China’s malign intent,” Sen. Johnson explained.
Blinken’s remarks about the outgoing commander-in-chief being “tougher” on China recommended the Obama-Biden administration was not as hard on the communist nation as its follower Trump.
Nevertheless, he swore in July that Biden would “engage China and work with China, in areas where our interests clearly overlap, including “environment change” and “worldwide health” concerns such as pandemics, Breitbart News’s Joel Pollak reported hours prior to the confirmation hearing.
Experts, especially Republicans, have accused the president-elect and Blinken, who has served by Biden’s side for years, of being soft on C