McCarthy: Who Is Actually Setting US Policy On Taiwan

Appearing on Fox News, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) spoke out about the White House once again walking back comments from President Joe Biden.

During an interview on Fox News’ “Jesse Watters Primetime” on Monday, the California Republican responded to the White House contradicting Biden’s statement that the U.S. will defend Taiwan from an “unprecedented attack” by China.

Biden initially made the comments during an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” When asked by CBS anchor Scott Pelley whether the U.S. military would defend Taiwan from an invasion by China, Biden outright said “yes.”

“Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack,” the president said during his first interview with an American TV journalist in 220 days.

Pelley then asked the question again, attempting to clarify.

“So unlike Ukraine, to be clear, sir,” the CBS anchor said, “U.S. forces, U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?” Biden again responded, “Yes.”

Now, the White House is once again walking back the president’s comments, insisting that U.S. policy on Taiwan “has not changed,” and that the United States’ official position is to still agree with the “One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

Responding to White House officials somehow being able to override and ignore comments made by the commander in chief, McCarthy wondered who is actually setting U.S. policy if the president is not in charge, remarking that “Almost every time he’s talked about China and Taiwan, the White House has walked it back.”

Fox News host Jesse Watters asked if the White House’s actions make the congressman “nervous.”

“Does it make you nervous, Kevin McCarthy, when the White House is constantly walking back the commander-in-chief, clarifying what the President has to say, like what he tells you isn’t really the policy of the U.S. government? Does that worry you at all?” Watters asked.

“It worries [me] a great deal. Because who is it then?” McCarthy responded. “And what is more concerning, not just to America, but what does it say to the rest of the nations? He can’t send a clear message. But this isn’t the first time he’s done this. Almost every time he’s talked about China and Taiwan, the White House has walked it back. But look at, for the last 40 years, even Secretary Gates said every decision he has made in foreign policy has been wrong. But what does that mean? It cost us 13 Gold Star families because of the decisions he made in Afghanistan, instead of listening to his [military]… Why are they putting him out there? Why are they allowing this to continue to happen?”

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