When you are the commander in chief of the free world, what you say matters. President Joe Biden has once again stepped in a giant pile of dung and the White House is scrambling and asking for take-backs.
“President Joe Biden walked back a comment apparently describing Taiwan as ‘independent’ after dictator Xi Jinping threatened Biden in a virtual meeting that those supporting the island nation would get ‘burned,'” reported Breitbart News.
Biden is usually unable to string together a coherent sentence, but this time what he managed to string together is serious and dangerous.
“We have made very clear we support the Taiwan Act, and that’s it,” Biden said. “It’s independent. It makes its own decisions.”
Is that so, Mr. President? No, in fact, it is not so.
“The Taiwan Act does not recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty. The United States does not acknowledge that Taiwan – run under a democratic system independent from Beijing for its entire existence – is a sovereign state as doing so would automatically trigger the end of diplomatic ties with communist China,” reported Breitbart News.
Biden acted quickly to correct his comments, citing the Taiwan Act over and over:
“We are not encouraging independence,” said Biden, repeatedly saying that “nothing” would happen on the issue of Taiwan.
“We’re encouraging that they do exactly what the Taiwan Act requires, and that’s what we’re doing. Let them make up their mind. Period,” he said.
“Nothing happens. We’re not going to change our policy at all,” he concluded.
Then, Xi dropped the hammer with a threat.
“Such moves are extremely dangerous, just like playing with fire,” Xi said to Biden. “Whoever plays with fire will get burned.”
“This is not the first time that the White House has had to clarify the president’s comments on Taiwan. In October, the White House clarified remarks from Biden during a CNN town hall where he said the United States would act to defend Taiwan if China attacked,” reported Breitbart News.
“Yes, we have a commitment to do that,” Biden said.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki made an effort to clean up that mess in a press conference.
“There has been no shift. The President was not announcing any change in our policy nor has he made a decision to change our policy,” Psaki said. “There is no change in our policy.”
Sigh. He just can’t seem to get anything right.
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