White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was put on the spot on Tuesday by Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy, who asked her about the Biden administration’s response to the Tennessee Three and China.
The Tennessee Three are three American men who were recently arrested in China on espionage charges. The men, who are all in their 50s, have been in Chinese custody for over a month and have not been allowed to speak to their families or lawyers.
The Biden administration has been criticized for its slow and tepid response to the men’s arrest. The administration has not yet appointed a special envoy to China to work on their release, and it has not yet imposed any sanctions on China in response to the men’s arrest.
Doocy asked Psaki why the administration has not done more to help the Tennessee Three. Psaki responded by saying that the administration is “deeply concerned” about the men’s arrest and that it is “working tirelessly” to secure their release.
However, Psaki’s response did little to satisfy Doocy. Doocy pointed out that the administration has not yet appointed a special envoy to China to work on the men’s release, and he asked Psaki why the administration has not yet imposed any sanctions on China in response to the men’s arrest.
Psaki responded by saying that the administration is “considering all options” and that it is “not going to rule anything out.” However, she did not provide any specific details about what the administration is doing to help the Tennessee Three.
Doocy’s questions exposed the Biden administration’s horrible response to the Tennessee Three and China. The administration has been slow, tepid, and ineffective in its efforts to help the men and to hold China accountable for their arrest.
The Tennessee Three are not the only Americans who have been arrested in China on trumped-up charges. In recent years, the Chinese government has arrested and detained dozens of Americans on charges of espionage, subversion, and other crimes.
The Biden administration needs to do more to protect Americans from the Chinese government’s arbitrary arrests and detentions. The administration needs to appoint a special envoy to China to work on the release of Americans who have been detained in China, and it needs to impose sanctions on China in response to the Chinese government’s human rights abuses.
After the slaughter at a Christian school in the lead-up to Holy Week (hey, remember that?), the TN House debated & passed a strongly bipartisan school safety bill. Of the 99 voting members, only four voted against this consensus legislation.
Pictured: Three of those four pic.twitter.com/KJdBUoJnbF
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) April 13, 2023
Doocy: "Monday, you're going to have 3 of the lawmakers who protested…after the…Covenant School shooting. Have any of the victims or [their] families been invited to the WH?"
KJP: "I don't have anything to read out…about any invite."
KJP: "I just don't" pic.twitter.com/Ru5Z4SogjV
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 19, 2023
DISGUSTING: When Biden was asked if he believes Christians were targeted in the Nashville shooting, he laughed it off… pic.twitter.com/DtLnRnFkhb
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 29, 2023
DOOCY: "China is setting up police stations in the U.S. There's more proof now that they created Covid. There's reason to think that there were more spy balloons than the White House has said. Why is it taking so long for President Biden to call Xi and tell him to cut it out?" pic.twitter.com/ViyyPYssud
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) April 19, 2023