White House walks back Biden's statement that U.S. forces would defend Taiwan if China invades

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  one week ago  •  25 comments

By:   Madeleine Hubbard (Just The News)

White House walks back Biden's statement that U.S. forces would defend Taiwan if China invades
"If in fact there was an unprecedented attack" the U.S. would get involved in Taiwan, Biden said.

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President Biden and his administration again appear to be at odds over the country's support for Taiwan amid its and China's escalating military posture with each other.

During a pre-taped CBS "60 Minutes" interview aired Sunday night with President Biden, he was asked whether U.S. troops would defend Taiwan if China invades.

"Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack," Biden replied.

The interview was interrupted with a voiceover saying a White House official said after interview that "U.S. policy has not changed" and the government will not officially say whether U.S. troops would intervene in Taiwan, according to the Daily Wire.

A similar situation occurred in May when the president delivered similar remarks in Tokyo.

"So unlike Ukraine, to be clear, sir, U.S. Forces, U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?" interview Scott Pelley also asked.

"Yes," the president responded.

Biden also said he agrees with the "One China policy," to which the White House was likely referring. The policy acknowledges but does not endorse the Chinese Communist Party's view that Taiwan is part of China.

"Taiwan makes their own judgments about their independence," Biden also said. "We're not encouraging their being independent. ... That's their decision."

China has in recent months escalated its military operations near Taiwan, as the country continues to try to strengthen tries with Western nations. Taiwan as recently as last month a vowed to counter-attack.


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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Vic Eldred    one week ago

Why did they let him do that interview?

Fortunately, he was being interviewed by a CBS reporter.



 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2  seeder  Vic Eldred    one week ago

Then we found out that the pandemic was over!

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
2.1  Tacos!  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    one week ago

Words have definitions. It makes me crazy when allegedly responsible people decide they don’t.

The World Health Organization and medical professionals, in general, understand that a pandemic occurs when a disease is affecting the global population. Covid is clearly still doing that. I think it would have been more reasonable to say that while the pandemic is still happening, it is currently a lot less serious of a problem than it was several months or a year ago.

But this guy has never had a filter between his mouth and either his gut or imagination. It’s tempting to see interviews like this and think he’s lost it (which is still possible), but really, he has always been this way.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tacos! @2.1    one week ago

And that is why the democrats will not allow either he nor his vice president to be the nominee in 2024.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.1    one week ago

What do you mean 'we will not allow'?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.2    one week ago

They don't want to lose the election.

Somehow they will find a way to convince Biden & Harris, for the good of the party, not to run in 2024.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.4  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.1    one week ago

Now that Biden has declared the pandemic over, maybe he'll allow those discharged from the military due to vax mandates to return to the national defense?

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.1.5  Texan1211  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.3    one week ago
Somehow they will find a way to convince Biden & Harris, for the good of the party, not to run in 2024.

That would actually be good for all of America.

I think Harris' political career ended the day she accepted the VP nomination.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.6  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.5    one week ago

They have a young candidate who represents everything Biden did in his first two years. The GOP has a young candidate who represents everything Trump did as President and more.

I agree with Newsom:  There should be a national debate between Newsome and DeSantis.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.7  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.3    one week ago

It looks like somebody got the word.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.2  Texan1211  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    one week ago

Seems rather odd that the pandemic is over when just recently Biden cited the pandemic as the reason for student loan debt forgiveness.

I suppose if you are a liberal Democrat prone to swallowing swill, you can actually believe both could possibly be true.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Texan1211 @2.2    one week ago

Marc Elias is once again suing all the border states to change voting rules. Only this time the pandemic isn't even mentioned.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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2.3  Nerm_L  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    one week ago
Then we found out that the pandemic was over!

Biden still wants the ticker-tape parade after leaving Kabul.

The WHO is shifting COVID from pandemic to endemic.  The initial spread of the virus was a pandemic.  Now that the virus has spread everywhere it has become endemic.  The efforts to stop the spread and end the pandemic utterly failed.  Now we just have to live with it.  Doesn't mean we can ignore the virus or COVID; there's just nothing we can do about it now.

That's Biden's approach to making policy.  Biden has passed the pandemic phase and has become endemic.  We just have to live with it.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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3  Texan1211    one week ago
The interview was interrupted with a voiceover saying a White House official said after interview that "U.S. policy has not changed" and the government will not officially say whether U.S. troops would intervene in Taiwan,

It's a damn shame when the President of the United States can not speak for his own Administration and the policies it supports.

Makes us look leaderless and Biden look like a bumbling fool.

 
 
 
George
Freshman Silent
3.1  George  replied to  Texan1211 @3    one week ago

Look? Biden is a bumbling fool. The 250 people who die every day from Covid in the US are probably thrilled to hear the pandemic is over.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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3.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  George @3.1    one week ago
Biden is a bumbling fool.

That is impossible to argue.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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4  seeder  Vic Eldred    one week ago

Then we fond out he may not run after all!


 
 
 
Texan1211
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5  Texan1211    one week ago

Congrats to President Biden for creating at least one full-time position to 'walk back' his statements.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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5.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Texan1211 @5    one week ago

I knew when I saw the advertisement for the "60 Minutes interview" that they would regret it.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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6  Sean Treacy    one week ago

It's clear why the old man is only allowed an interview or so a year, even to the most friendly of audiences.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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6.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sean Treacy @6    one week ago

LMAO. That's an understatement.

We won't be seeing him interviewed by Bill O'Reilly....as in NEVER.

Unlike his predecessor who took on all questions and questioners.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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6.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Vic Eldred @6.1    one week ago

"Scott Pelley   treated President Biden with kid gloves   on Sunday night during a rare interview on "60 Minutes," in the eyes of some critics, who argued the CBS journalist lobbed softballs or were peeved at the lack of follow-up questions. 

Biden did make news multiple times during his first TV interview with an American journalist in seven months, admitting it "remains to be seen" if   he will run again in 2024 , announcing the United States would defend Taiwan against an attack from China and even declaring the COVID pandemic is "over." 

However, the conversation left many viewers disappointed with some irked that Pelley didn't particularly push back on the president and others wanted him to bring up the crisis along the southern border.

"From the very start, it was clear why Biden chose Pelley to conduct his first sit-down interview in months. Right out of the gate and until the last minute, Pelley gushed and sucked up to Biden in embarrassing fashion," NewsBusters analyst Kevin Tober wrote, in reference to Pelley discussing how initially the "summer was going so well for the president."

"Once Pelley was finished with his servile opening introduction for Biden, he began by asking the President a series of questions about the economic calamity Biden has caused. Although, Pelley didn’t frame it that way. Instead, Pelley let Biden get away with his lies on the economy and his refusal to admit the United States is in a recession," Tober wrote. 

The media watchdog wrote Pelley asked Biden what he can do to prevent a recession with the "premise of the question being that Biden’s recession denialism is reality." 

Biden declared the COVID pandemic is over, sparking intense backlash from both conservative and liberal voices across social media who called out his administration's recent mixed messaging. Biden's words triggered criticism over his COVID   emergency power usage , mask-wearing and ongoing mask and vaccine mandates across the U.S., with conservatives slamming his alleged overreaching power and leftists criticizing the "irresponsible" claim.

"Left wingers are going to be furious at him for this, but this is also interesting because less than a month ago he justified canceling a trillion dollars in student loans by citing his covid emergency powers," OutKick founder Clay Travis tweeted late Sunday.

"Biden used emergency covid declaration to enact student loan forgiveness and this is why Scott Pelley is a bad journalist and interviewer," pundit Stephen L. Miller reacted. 

Pelley failed to make any of the points that conservative viewers offered up before pivoting. 

"Feeling bad for Biden, Pelley attempted to make his viewers feel bad for poor Joe Biden and the ‘difficult life’ the millionaire President has," Tober wrote, referring to a portion of the interview when he felt "Pelley groveled before Biden’s feet and heaped praise." 

Pelley asked, "You have lived a long life of triumph and tragedy. In November you’ll be 80. And I wonder what it is that keeps you in the arena?"
Tober’s criticism wasn’t finished, as he noted "Pelley announced to the audience without laughing at himself that pro-abortion Biden is ‘Catholic’ and devout."  

"This kind of media praise would make state-controlled media in North Korea blush. Pelley would make a terrific ‘news anchor’ at a North Korean or Chinese state media outlet," Tober wrote."


 
 
 
Tacos!
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7  Tacos!    one week ago
So unlike Ukraine, to be clear, sir, U.S. Forces, U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan

Like hell.

Taiwan makes their own judgments about their independence

I agree with that, but I also think they should declare that independence and stop pretending they are the rightful government of China.

 
 
 
Ronin2
Professor Quiet
8  Ronin2    one week ago

The Human fuck up machine was on his game for the 60 Minute interview for sure.

How anyone can still support Brandon is beyond me.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
9  Buzz of the Orient    one week ago

Seems that the Democrats are trying to make everybody happy.  Biden says America will defend Taiwan to give the Taiwanese a false sense of security and let the world know how hard America is working to preserve democracy, and the administration walks it back so the American voters will know they don't intend to repeat wasting billions of dollars to increase the deficit even more like they're doing with Ukraine, or to send their sons and daughters to Taiwan to come back in caskets and wheelchairs.  Joni, you can sing "Both Sides Now" again because that's what's happening.

 
 

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