U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after reports that Hong Kong police arrested pro-democracy Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen under Hong Kong’s national security law.

“Chairman Xi – the world's most powerful dictator – is absolutely terrified of a 90-year old Catholic cardinal. Xi is a pathetic coward. The Chinese Communist Party is afraid of truth-tellers and labels them threats to national security – men and women like Zen who shine a light on the CCP's evil. Free people around the world must keep telling their stories. The Chinese Communist Party cannot erase the courage of Cardinal Zen and other Chinese heroes.”