Following a National Pulse exposé on former Senator Cory Gardner partnering with a Chinese Communist Party influence group, the establishment Republican dropped out of the event.
Less than one year after losing his Senate seat, Gardner, who called on Donald Trump to drop out of the 2016 presidential race and declared he would not vote for the candidate, was scheduled to join the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) on November 9th. CUSEF is a Chinese Communist Party-linked influence group flagged by the U.S. government for its efforts to coerce American leaders to “take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing.”
Gardner was slated to appear alongside Chen Qi, a professor at Tsinghua University, which has a history of launching cyberattacks against the U.S. government, in an event titled “What to Expect from the Upcoming Biden-Xi Virtual Summit.”
The CUSEF website has updated the event page, which now features former Senator Norm Coleman instead of Gardner for the event, which is now titled “Assessing the Biden-Xi Virtual Summit.”
“As the virtual summit between President Biden and President Xi Jinping edges closer, join us as Senator Norm Coleman and Professor Chen Qi discuss and assess the discussions between the leaders. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, November 16th 8:30-9:30 PM ET via Zoom,” explains the event’s informational page.
Coleman, a former Republican Senator from Minnesota, was an ardent “Never Trumper” in 2016 penning an op-ed titled “I Will Never Vote for Donald Trump” ahead of the election where he accused the candidate of being “a bigot, a misogynist, a fraud and a bully.” By the 2020 election, Coleman revealed he would be supporting Trump.