This is the second time the White House has had to backtrack Biden’s foreign policy comments…
In a recent address to the media, Joe Biden claimed that the U.S. would defend Taiwan through military action if it proves to be necessary…He also went on to say that military action is not the only way to defend Taiwan from China.
Normally, this wouldn’t be a controversy, but this is no ordinary administration, and we do not live in ordinary times…
After Biden’s comments on Taiwan made their way through the airwaves, the White House rushed in to do damage control and walk back his statements…
Again, this is the second time his foreign policy comments were backtracked by the White House this year, as concerns that Biden constitutes a threat to national and global security continue to grow.
Here’s more on the story:
Watch: During his first trip to Asia as commander in chief, President Biden said the U.S. made a commitment to defend Taiwan militarily if China tries to take it by force https://t.co/JhkcLzdMrs
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 23, 2022
“The White House quickly tried to deny that the president meant what he seemed to be saying.”
This is the second time in less than a year that this White House is scrambling after Biden comments on Taiwan. Last time was October. https://t.co/tIfMIm4meq
— Raf Sanchez (@rafsanchez) May 23, 2022
The Associated Press reports:
Biden also issued a stern warning to China over Taiwan, saying the U.S. would respond militarily if China were to invade the self-ruled island. “That’s the commitment we made,” Biden said.
To be clear, the problem isn't that Joe Biden says that the US will intervene militarily if Taiwan is invaded. The problem is that it's totally unclear if that's true or if we even have the capacity to do so, and it's even more unclear when his own White House keeps shushing him.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 23, 2022
It’s not the first time Biden has pledged to defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack, only for administration officials to later claim there had been no change to American policy.
— Robbie Bernstein (@RobbieTheFire) May 23, 2022
The White House was quick to walk back Biden’s comments according to The Post Millennial:
A statement from the White House sought to backtrack the President’s comments, in a move that the press has become accustomed to over the past year and a half since Biden took office.
“As the president said, our policy has not changed. He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself,” read the statement from staff.