Have you noticed that the White House staff frequently walks back and contradicts statements made by Joe Biden? It seems to happen almost every time Biden speaks publicly.
Professor Glenn Reynolds, who runs the popular ‘Instapundit’ blog, focused on this issue in a new column.
He is asking who the real president is, a question shared by many Americans.
He writes at the New York Post:
Who’s our real president? Joe Biden — or the staffers who keep walking back his comments?
Is Joe Biden President? That’s the question to ask after staffers walked back Biden’s latest remarks on Taiwan.
During his rather uneven “60 Minutes” interview with Scott Pelley last weekend, Biden firmly and clearly announced that the United States would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.
This was a dramatic statement, and a substantial shift from America’s traditional policy of “strategic ambiguity” on Taiwan, in which our response to Chinese saber-rattling over the island nation was essentially “fool around and find out.” Biden was not at all ambiguous: If China went to war with Taiwan, it would be war with the United States and its allies.
That departure made some sense. Back in February, Biden seemed to grant Vladimir Putin a green light to invade Ukraine. White House spokesmen quickly walked that back, but the green light, coming directly from Biden’s lips, apparently convinced Putin that he could launch an invasion without blowback….
Yet over and over again, Biden has been undercut by subordinates who basically said, “Pay no attention to the old man in the Oval Office.”
This is a valid question and if we had an honest media, more journalists would be asking the same thing.
It is not normal to have White House staffers continually ‘correct’ the President of the United States in this way.