September 29, 2022
Joe Biden just keeps stepping in it

Within hours, his White House aides insisted that the President’s comments did not constitute any official US policy change, despite the fact that Biden has suggested at other points in recent months that the US would defend Taiwan if the country was attacked by China.

This is not an isolated incident. Over his first 18 months in office, Biden has repeatedly said things that appear to go well beyond what his administration’s policies are – and forced officials to walk back what he has said.

* In mid-March, Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power” amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Not long after, a White House official said: “The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.” For his part, Biden said he was not walking anything back.

* Also in March, Biden appeared to suggest American troops would be sent to Ukraine, before a White House spokesman said: “The President has been clear we are not sending US troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position.”

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