On Sunday, CBS News aired an interview with the man who, on at least White House letterhead, is President of the United States.
Moderator Scott Pelley asked the President, the man charged with directing America’s foreign policy response, whether the United States would defend Taiwan if China attacked. The President said yes, we would.
The White House would later make a big clarification: Sure, that’s the kind of decision presidents make, but that’s not the decision the White House came to.
Given the oddness of the situation, Fox News’ Jesse Watters wondered, is Joe Biden actually the president in anything but name?
Just so it’s clear, the kerfuffle stems from a question from Pelley to Biden about whether his administration still follows the “one China” policy, which recognizes the People’s Republic of China as the “only legal government of China” but allows for a strong one relations with Taiwan.
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“We agree to what we signed a long time ago,” Biden said.
“And that there is a ‘one China policy’ and Taiwan makes its own judgments about its independence. We’re not moving, we’re not encouraging them to be independent…that’s their choice.”
“But would US forces defend the island?” Pelley then asked.
“Yes, if there actually was an unprecedented attack,” Biden said.
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As it turns out, that is Not American politics – something the White House has hurriedly clarified.
“Following our interview, a White House official told us US policy had not changed.” Pelley said in a voiceover. “Officially, the US will not say whether American forces would defend Taiwan. But the Commander-in-Chief had his own opinion.”
“So, unlike Ukraine, to be clear, would US forces, US men and women, defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?” Pelley asked.
“Yes,” Biden replied.
President Biden told 60 Minutes that US men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion. However, after our interview, a White House official told us that US policy towards Taiwan has not changed. pic.twitter.com/V5qjoqF36T
— 60 minutes (@60minutes) September 19, 2022
This response contradicts the longstanding US position on Taiwan, known as “strategic ambiguity.” To make it ridiculously simple, it means we may or may not defend Taiwan – so roll the dice and take your chances, China, but things might not end so well for you.
Biden’s remarks were neither strategic nor ambiguous. But he’s supposed to be the guy in charge, right? Well, as Watters pointed out on Monday’s “Jesse Watters Primetime,” that remains up for debate.
“Is it me or do you feel like Joe Biden isn’t actually the President?” asked Watters.
“Who is this unnamed ‘US official’? is he the president Joe Biden is the commander in chief. He’s supposed to run foreign policy, but when he goes out there and runs it, there’s someone else behind the curtain and he’s like, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no. That’s not really our policy.’ What?”
Watters isn’t just being reckless here, and this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. In fact, it’s not the first time something like this has happened in relation to exactly the same problem.
In May, Biden told a reporter that the United States is “ready to commit militarily to defend Taiwan” and that it is “the commitment we have made.”
Afterward, however, Bloomberg reported that a White House spokeswoman repeated a remark Biden had made earlier in the press conference that America’s policy toward Taiwan “hasn’t changed at all,” and “said the president had made the ‘One China’ Policies’ of the USA affirmed”. and its commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means of self-defense.”
And then there was the time someone in the White House had to bring us back from the WWIII abyss for this jewel:
“For God’s sake, this man can’t stay in power,” Biden said of Vladimir Putin. pic.twitter.com/9QY9QidUZS
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 26, 2022
Despite the fact that during that March speech in Poland, Joe Biden specifically called for regime change in Russia, the White House assured everyone that it was happening White House did not call for regime change in Russia.
“The president did not want Putin to exercise power over his neighbors or the region,” a White House official said at the time. “He didn’t talk about Putin’s power in Russia or regime change.”
Except that it was him. These are decisions that presidents are supposed to make. We’ve all heard Joe Biden make them. Then we heard “the White House” insisting that no, that was not the decision made at the executive level.
Watters raises a serious point: Joe Biden’s name may be on White House letterhead, but sometimes it feels like that’s all.
“The Supreme Commander had his own mind,” Pelley said. But that doesn’t appear to be the White House “view” that Biden is expected to lead.
I’m not sure if that should comfort you or scare you, but there you have it.
https://www.westernjournal.com/watters-notices-oddity-bidens-60-minutes-interview-drops-big-one-biden-really-president/ Watters Notices Oddity After Biden’s ’60 Minutes’ Interview, Drops the Big One: Is Biden Really President?