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ICYMI: Risch in Biden's democracy summit already sending wrong signals to authoritarian regimes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today published an  op-ed on on the Biden Administration’s poorly planned “Summit for Democracy” later this week and how it has already caused headaches for Congress, allies, and partners alike.

In his op-ed, Senator Risch said:

“Instead of focusing on helping these precarious situations, President Biden and his administration are meeting with some of the worst human rights abusers and dictators, including the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Rest assured, they tell those of us in the Senate, that at the forefront of their conversations are American values like democracy and human rights – which they pledged at the start of this year would guide their foreign policy decisions. Unfortunately, the follow through remains hollow.”

“Inviting countries with questionable human rights records and even more questionable democratic processes waters down the whole point of the summit. Perhaps most absurd, Congress has yet to receive any indication that it will be included. The most democratic and deliberative legislative body in the world is being excluded from a first-of-its-kind democracy summit.”

Read the full op-ed on here.