Lou Dobbs, host of “The Great America Show”, reacted Monday to remarks made by Joe Biden during a CBS “60 Minutes” interview, in which the 79-year-old career Democrat maintained that the United States would militarily defend Taiwan from China’s ruling communist party, in the event of an invasion.
When asked during the interview whether he would commit U.S. troops to the defense of Taiwan, as opposed to the economic measures he has committed to Ukraine, Biden replied, “Yes.”
The interview was the fourth time Biden said the United States would defend Taiwan. However, after his comment, “60 Minutes” claimed that a White House official said the “U.S. policy has not changed,” and officially the United States will not say whether American forces would defend Taiwan.
President Biden tells 60 Minutes that U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion. However, after our interview, a White House official told us that U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed. https://t.co/ANg54LifSH pic.twitter.com/V5qjoqF36T
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) September 19, 2022
Lou Dobbs reacted the video of clip of Joe Biden’s comment and the White House appearing to walk back his statement, wondering, “Which one is it?”
“Does Joe Biden and [the] White House stand with China or Taiwan?” Dobbs asked on Twitter.
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) September 19, 2022
Though the United States does not maintain formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan and has sworn not to unilaterally champion the island’s independence, it is legally bound by the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 to provide Taiwan with the arms necessary for self-defense, NTD noted.
China’s foreign ministry responded to Biden’s comment over Taiwan, calling the comments “seriously wrong.”
“We are willing to do our best to strive for peaceful reunification,” said the CCP’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning. “At the same time, we will not tolerate any activities aimed at secession.”
On the contrary, Taiwan’s foreign ministry expressed gratitude to Biden for reaffirming the “U.S. government’s rock-solid security commitment to Taiwan.”
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