U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday that the United States was considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, as pressure grows to hold China accountable for human rights abuses.

A boycott would mean that government officials would not attend the Games, which are slated to begin in February, although it would not prevent U.S. athletes from competing.

As he met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada at the White House, Biden responded to a reporter’s question about the potential for a diplomatic boycott by saying it was "something we are considering.”