Biden nominee for UN ambassador calls speech at Confucius Institute a ‘huge mistake’

President Biden’s nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations admitted that it was a “huge mistake” for her to deliver a paid speech in 2019 before the Savannah State University branch of the Chinese state-funded Confucius Institute, which the United States considers a soft-power extension of the Chinese Communist Party’s influence efforts.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who joined the Foreign Service in 1982 and worked her way up to assistant secretary of state for African affairs during the Obama administration, gave the Savannah speech in October 2019.

Republican Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, brought the speech up
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