U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol.
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The 2022 Winter Olympics should not be held in China, Sen. Rick Scott said Tuesday, referring to the recent standoff between Beijing and the NBA as well as the Chinese regime's human rights violations.
"We should not be doing the 2022 Olympics there, "the Florida Republican told CNBC's" Squawk Box. " Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey showed support for anti-government.
Scott was referring to the tensions between the NBA and Beijing Protests in Hong Kong in a now-deleted tweet. The tweet triggered swift backlash in China, despite being quickly deleted and apologized for Morey.
"Are you going to tell all the athletes they can not say anything against [Chinese President] Xi?" Scott said on "Squawk Box."
The NBA's Chinese partners have announced they have suspended their relationship with the league, which NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said. Last Friday, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said that Silver wants to face "retribution sooner or later" for saying he wanted to fire Morey. China has denied making that request.
"The Hong Kong protests, which have escalated over the past four months, began in response to a now-withdrawn proposed extradition bill that activists said they would threaten judicial protections."
"Until you become "Scott said, so calling for American consumers to stop purchasing Chinese goods."
Scott, a key Ally of President Donald Trump, in the past, has been embattled in an escalating trade.
"Human Rights are important to us in America," the senator said. They are trying to take them away from China, or from Hong Kong. "