Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker said at the CNN Republican presidential debate on Wednesday that President Barack Obama should cancel an upcoming state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping over recent cybersecurity attacks on the United States.
"When it comes to China, why are we giving an official state visit to a country that's been involved in a massive cyberattack against the United States. That's not just a visit, it's a 21-gun salute on the south lawn of the White House. That just doesn't make any sense," he said.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that the White House shouldn't cancel the dinner and questioned how effective such a tactic would be.
"We need to be strong against China. We should use offensive tactics as it relates to cyber security to send a deterrent signal to China. There should be stiffer sanctions than what President Obama has proposed. There's many other tools than we have without canceling a dinner. That's not gonna change anything."
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