The White House has asked the Chinese to “reconsider” their decision to bar U.S. speedskater Joey Cheek from the Olympic Games in Beijing, because of his activism on the Darfur issue, press secretary Dana Perino said today.
“We were disturbed to learn that the Chinese had refused his visa. We are taking the matter very seriously. We have sent in our embassy in Beijing to démarche the Chinese. That is where we go in and we say we are concerned about this, and we want you to reconsider your actions,” Mrs. Perino told reporters on Air Force One earlier today.
“So we would hope that they would change their mind. And I’ll hopefully have more for you later, but we had to also wait for Washington to wake up to take any further action,” she said.
It’s currently the middle of the night, or early morning, in Bangkok, where President Bush is, and in Beijing, so any answer on this question will come no sooner than later today, after people begin to wake up over there.