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

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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