President Biden is a former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He had to have known our policy on Taiwan. The only explanation for his mistake is a decline in synapse firing.
According to Fox News:
The White House told Fox News on Friday that “requesting the use of the national guard at the state level is under the purview of Governors.”
“We are not actively pursuing the use of the national guard on a federal level,” a White House official told Fox News.
The clarification came after the president, during a CNN town hall hosted by Anderson Cooper Thursday night, was asked if he would consider having National Guardsmen drive trucks to make up for the lack of truck drivers amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic . . .
Shifting to foreign policy, the president was asked by a member of the audience about China’s recent testing of a hypersonic missile and questioned him about whether the United States would defend Taiwan in the wake of an attack from Beijing.
Cooper chimed in, pressing again on whether the U.S. would defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack, to which Biden replied: “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”
But a White House spokesperson on Friday told Fox News that the president “was not announcing any change in our policy.”
“There is no change in our policy,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “The U.S. defense relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act.”
“We will uphold our commitment under the Act, we will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defense, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo,” the spokesperson added.
The Taiwan Relations Act to which the United States is a party does not guarantee the U.S. will engage militarily if China attacks Taiwan, which it has claimed for decades is sovereign Chinese territory.