Joe Biden appeared on 60 Minutes this weekend. It was the first press interview he has given in months and the White House is already walking back some of his comments.
Young voters should pay close attention to what Biden is saying here. They are the ones who would be affected the most.
CBS News reports:
Biden tells 60 Minutes U.S. troops would defend Taiwan, but White House says this is not official U.S. policy
Last Thursday, the same day 60 Minutes spoke to President Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin met with China’s leader, Xi Jinping. There’s concern that Russia’s war in Ukraine could inspire China to attack the island of Taiwan. U.S. policy since 1979 has been to recognize Taiwan as part of China, but remain silent on whether the U.S. military would defend the democratic government there. 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley asked Mr. Biden about that.
“What should Chinese President Xi know about your commitment to Taiwan?” Pelley asked the president.
“We agree with what we signed onto a long time ago,” the president said. “And that there’s one China policy, and Taiwan makes their own judgments about their independence. We are not moving– we’re not encouraging their being independent. We’re not– that– that’s their decision.”
“But would U.S. forces defend the island?” Pelley asked.
“Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack,” Mr. Biden said.
“So unlike Ukraine, to be clear, sir,” Pelley said, “U.S. forces, U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?”
“Yes,” the president said.
Here’s the video:
Unlike Ukraine, to be clear sir, U.S. Forces, U.S. Men & Women, would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese Invasion?
— BNN Newsroom (@BNNBreaking) September 19, 2022
Biden has stumbled on this issue several times.
By my count, Biden has now vowed the U.S. will militarily defend Taiwan in the case of a PRC invasion four separate times.
Every single time, the White House has had to walk it back.
“Reckless” doesn’t even begin to describe this.
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) September 19, 2022
This is why he doesn’t do a lot of media interviews.