“Let Ai Weiwei go? But Richard, how can we do that? How can China admit to the world it is being defeated, it is bowing to international pressure and not doing what is right for China? How can we humilate ourselves like that?”
On the other side of this mirror:
GREGORY: Mitch McConnell says he is a high-tech terrorist. Others say this is akin to the Pentagon papers. Where do you come from?
BIDEN: I would argue that it's closer to being a high-tech terrorist than the Pentagon papers.
But look, this guy has done things that have damaged and put in jeopardy the lives and occupations of people in other parts of the world. He has made it more difficult for us to conduct our business with our allies and our friends.
For example, in my meetings -- you know I meet with most of these world leaders. There is a desire now to meet with me alone rather than have staff in the room. It makes things more cumbersome. So it has done damage.