Biden Says U.S. Troops Would Defend Taiwan; White House Backtracks

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 13: U.S President Joe Biden gives remarks during an event celebrating the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act on the South Lawn of the White House on September 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 was passed by the House and Senate and later signed by Biden in August. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The White House walked back comments President Joe Biden made about sending U.S. troops to defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.
  • Biden made the remarks during a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday.
  • Correspondent Scott Pelley asked the president if the U.S. military would defend the democratic government of Taiwan should China take inspiration from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and attack the self-governed island.
  • “[W]ould U.S. forces defend the island?” Pelley asked, in the interview taped on Thursday.
  • “Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack,” the president said.

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