Tulsi Gabbard, a former Democratic congresswoman and 2020 presidential candidate, is urging President Joe Biden to end this “new Cold War” between the United States, Russia and China.
“We need you to be the president who has the vision and courage to move us into a 21st century of peace and prosperity; ratchet down the new Cold War with Russia and China, replacing the policy of confrontation with cooperation, so we can work together addressing issues affecting all of humanity, such as nuclear proliferation, climate change, pandemics, terrorism, and human trafficking,” Gabbard said in a video posted to her Facebook page on Wednesday.
She implored Biden to “be the leader who will stand up against the warmongers who dream of a never-ending, always-escalating Cold War to fill their bank accounts and fuel their political ambitions, with complete disregard for the fact that such a new Cold War will eventually and inevitably end in a nuclear holocaust.”
Her video concluded with the message: “President Biden, we need you to end this new Cold War before it’s too late.”
The new administration has made it clear that it views China and Russia as some of its biggest foreign challengers.
Earlier this week, the U.S. intelligence community said it views four countries as posing the main national security challenges in the coming year: China, Iran, North Korea and Russia. China had been at the top of the list, followed by Russia.
In a speech Wednesday announcing the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Biden cited the need to focus on other rivals rather than “return to war with the Taliban.”
“We have to shore up American competitiveness to meet the stiff competition we’re facing from an increasingly assertive China,” Biden said.
China responded to Biden’s remarks on Thursday, with foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijan stating they reflect a “sinister and deep-seated Cold War” mentality that could be “detrimental” to trust between the two countries.
Tensions mounted during the first meeting between China and the Biden administration last month as officials publicly sparred over trade, human rights and other issues. Biden later said he was “proud” of his secretary of state, Antony Blinken, after the confrontation.
A simmering feud with Russia also escalated recently when Biden agreed with the description that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “killer” during an interview. The Kremlin responded by describing the relationship between the U.S. and Russia as “very bad.”
Newsweek reached out to the White House for response to Gabbard’s comments, but did not hear back before publication.