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National security adviser Jake Sullivan walked back President Biden’s statement that the U.S. would deploy troops to defend Taiwan from China on Tuesday, saying Biden was answering a hypothetical and that there was no change in policy.
Sullivan’s made the statement during a Tuesday press briefing at the White House, where a reporter pushed him to explain Biden’s comments. The president stated unequivocally on Sunday that the U.S. would defend Taiwan from China in the event of an “unprecedented attack.”
The U.S. has not previously made such promises regarding Taiwan, and Sullivan stated that Biden’s statement was not to be taken as a policy change.
“As the president said in his interview on ‘60 Minutes,’ we continue to stand behind the ‘One China’ policy,” Sullivan said. “When the president of the United States wants to announce a policy change, he will do so. He has not done so.”
National security adviser Jake Sullivan during a press briefing at the White House. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
“[Biden] stands behind the historic U.S. policy toward Taiwan that has existed through Democrat