Tom Cotton calls for ‘firmer action’ against China amid Biden’s trip to Asia

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) called for “firmer action” against China amid President Joe Biden’s trip to Asia, noting that the communist country “is the number one threat we face.”

During an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Cotton didn’t hold back, giving his honest opinion on the Biden administration’s foreign policy failures, specifically regarding China.

According to Cotton, while it is “important” for Biden to “visit our allies in the Western Pacific,” this trip has come “too late” given the fact that China “is the number one threat we face.”

When asked by host Maria Bartiromo what he believes Biden was able to accomplish during his visit to Asia thus far, the senator replied: “Unfortunately, I haven’t seen many accomplishments yet.”

“I wish President Biden had gone there early in his tenure [and had] not spent so much time in Europe, not made his very first big, glitzy international summit with Vladimir Putin last summer, for that matter,” Cotton continued.

“It’s always important to talk to our allies and to visit with them, but what Xi Jinping and Chinese communists watch are actions and, unfortunately, Joe Biden’s actions right now just are not backing up any words,” the senator added.

Cotton, who currently serves on the Intelligence Committee and the Armed Services Committee, went on to discuss how China is currently advancing as a nation, while not being held accountable for its crimes on the international stage.

“China is still closing the gap with us militarily, they’re gaining diplomatic grounds by opening potential port access in Western Pacific states where Joe Biden and his administration have been caught asleep at the switch, and they’re still stealing our intellectual property and not living up to their trade obligations,” he stated.

“If we want to get the upper hand on China, we need to take firmer action, not simply talk tough,” Cotton stressed.

A spokesperson for the White House recently described Biden’s visit to Asia as showing the administration’s “rock-solid commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific and to U.S. treaty alliances with the Republic of Korea and Japan.”

The president’s trip began in South Korea on Friday and will end in Japan this week.