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Fox News’ Kayleigh McEnany didn’t hold back today after the White House walked back another gaffe from Joe Biden.
Unlike what U.S. Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said earlier, McEnany said of Biden’s comments, “You can’t provoke enemies.”
“It’s always an unnamed, anonymous White House official that cleans up the blunder,” McEnany began during a segment on “Outnumbered.”
McEnany explained, “These gaffes are alarming. They’re weird to watch. They’re disconcerting when it’s the president.”
“In this case, with this Taiwan remark, who was it that cleaned it up? The White House official who declined to be (named). In the case of suggesting regime change in Russia, who was it that cleaned it up? The official line was that within minutes a White House official was telling reporters it was not the case,” McEnany pointed out.
McEnany then noted that it was “not just these two” as she gave other examples like the “chemical weapons” in Warsaw remark and “troops in Ukraine.”
There was also the “minor incursion” comment and the “list goes on” McEnany lamented.
As we previously reported, during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden responded “yes” when asked if the US would be prepared to defend Taiwan if China attacked the island nation.
“That’s the commitment we made. We agree with the ‘one China’ policy. We signed on to it. All the attendant agreements (were) made from there. But the idea that that can be taken by force, just taken by force. It’s just not — it’s just not appropriate,” Biden explained
As the New York Post reported, the White House later insisted that US policy on Taiwan “has not changed.”
Fox New’s Jacqui Heinrich tweeted that she “asked a WH official how Biden’s statement at the press conf should be seen by China, especially after they expressed anger the State Department recently removed language saying the US does not support Taiwan independence, and Biden’s comment seemed a step further.”
The official responded with a statement: “As the president said, our policy has not changed. He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself.”
The “one China” policy refers to the U.S. position that the Communist government in Beijing is the sole legal authority over the Asian nation and acknowledges — but does not accept — its claim that Taiwan is part of China, the Post noted.
The Post also pointed out that under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, the US is not required to militarily defend Taiwan, but is required to ensure Taiwan has the resources to defend itself and despite the cleanup, China’s foreign ministry hit back at Biden today and expressed “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to his comments.