Secretary of State Michael Pompeo: With respect to Hong Kong in particular, I think the President has been very clear. The president said China made a promise. They said One Country Two Systems. And they are asking the Chinese leadership to respect that commitment that they made. They made it to the British in the agreement that was submitted to the UN. That has been U.S. Policy. We have been very clear about that.
The President has also said that he wants to make sure that China treats the individuals there humanely. Those are the things that are at the center of American policy with respect to Hong Kong.
Senator Tom Cotton: (NBA manipulated by CCP)This is craven and greedy behavior. And it stands in stark contrast to how America has historically used sports to promote our interest and our aspirations. From the triumph of black Olympians in Hitler’s Germany to the Miracle On Ice against the Soviet Union. Even our diplomatic opening to China happened in part through sports with Ping Pong Diplomacy. Today the tables have turned; China is using sports to export its authoritarian model to our soil. So far, it’s found too many willing enforcers in the NBA.
Senator Ted Cruz: LeBron James, he’s a hell of player, but it sure means his comments were more interested in money and making bucks, and I get Nike’s a big sponsor of his, and he makes a whole lot of money. But kissing up to the Chinese Communists and tyrants, and apologizing for murderers, that’s not a good look for the NBA.
Now, that doesn’t mean we should never do business with China, but we don’t need to adopt their values. We don’t need to embrace censorship and propaganda, and sadly that’s what the Chinese government wants the NBA to do. There is a long tradition of athletes being engaged in politics. I don’t have a problem with that. What I have a problem with is when they don’t know what they are talking about and they end up defending tyrants, that’s not a good look.
Senator Hawley: I went to see for myself what’s going on in Hong Kong. Now we got the NBA out there saying, this sounds like a personal dispute. And we know that Beijing is trying to censor our ability to speak out about the situation. Beijing is trying to censor the NBA, to turn NBA into its propaganda machine. So I want to see this myself. So I went to Hong Kong; I went out to the streets myself; I saw the protesters myself and met with them in person. And I can tell you Hong Kong is becoming a police state. Beijing is trying to turn Hong Kong into a police state; they want to steam-roll Hong Kong; they want to dominate the region. And ultimately they want to dominate the whole world. And we cannot allow that to happen.
Kyle Bass tweeted, “Jimmy Sham, leader of Hong Kong democracy group, attack by Xi’s thugs with hammers. Sham must have been ‘uneducated’ about Hong Kong matters. Time to put Magnitsky sanctions on Carrie Lam and her cabinet of terror.
Marco Rubio: China authoritarians say our Hong Kong democracy bill is dangerous and arrogant. But dangerous is Beijing’s brazen effort to violate their internationally commitments. And arrogance is their view they can control Hong Kong yet still claim its autonomous.
I am co-chairing a Bio-Cameral China Commission hearing on Forced Labor, Mass Internment and Social Control of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. I hope everyone interested in not being “misinformed” about China, including NBA players, will watch.
Senator Angus King：I’m a cosponsor of Marco Rubio’s Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act because America should always stand with those who fight for their freedoms. This legislation just passed in the House; it’s time for @senatemajldr to let the Senate vote on this defense of human rights.
Hong Kong’s unique status as an island of democratic values in a sea of repression is worth protecting – Congress needs to send a clear message that we stand with Hong Kong’s citizens as they fight to defend their freedoms.
Senator Dick Durbin: I applaud the House for passing the Hong Kong Human Rights & Democracy Act yesterday, & I was proud to cosponsor the Senate companion. Now the Senate must pass the measure. Standing up for human rights, free speech & democracy in Hong Kong should be an expectation of the Senate.
Edited by staff