By Kim Hart - 01/15/10 02:20 AM EST
The Obama administration finally voiced its approval of Google's announcement that it may cut ties with China.
In a press conference, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama supports the move.
"You heard...the President in Shanghai take a question from the Internet about the universal right of a free Internet. He strongly supports that, and we support Google's action in a decision to no longer censure searches that happen using the Google platform."
Asked if he was worried that Google's move would affect the United States' relationship with China in other ways, Gibbs said, "I think our concern is with actions that threaten universal rights of a free Internet."
Republican lawmakers today criticized the administration for its lack of a response to the incident and for not taking a firm stance on Internet censorship.