Angle: Mr. Biden ‘ad-lib remarks’, why it can not be concluded that it is a slip of the tongue | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Biden has made some very impressive “ad-libbed statements” in the past.

On September 27th, US President Biden has made some very impressive “ad-libbed statements” so far. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Biden speaks to reporters at Air Base Andrews, Maryland, May 12, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

When asked if the U.S. military would protect Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, he replied “yes”, calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a “murderer” and insisting that he “must not stay in power”. He declared the coronavirus pandemic “over.”

These phrasings tend to be viewed as problematic in Washington political circles as Mr. Biden’s “gaffe.” However, this is often not the case.

It exposes Biden’s true thoughts behind the surface, and sometimes gives the public a much better clue as to the direction of the administration than the official statements of President Jean-Pierre and key cabinet ministers. .

Biden himself, incidentally, said this month in a speech to steelworkers: “Nobody ever questioned what I said. The problem is that sometimes I say everything I want to say.”

Of course, Mr. Biden’s ad-libbed remarks tend to have huge diplomatic repercussions, with White House staff busy trying to “put the fire out” of his remarks, trying to calm the confusion without saying he misworded them. .

For example, in an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes earlier this month, after Mr. Biden made what appeared to be U.S. military action to defend Taiwan, senior administration officials were quick to insist that U.S. policy on Taiwan would remain unchanged.

But Mr. Biden professed similar intent even before he became president. What he has clearly shown is the contradiction in the Taiwan policy that the United States has long maintained.

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Since the 1970s, successive U.S. presidents have agreed to the “One China” policy, which treats Taiwan as part of China, but has also been obligated to assist Taiwan’s defense under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act. .

In other words, Mr. Biden’s remarks show the inconsistency that the United States simultaneously supports the idea of ​​one China and the actual defense of Taiwan.

When Biden lashed out at Putin in March, a senior White House official was quick to say, “What the president was saying was that Putin shouldn’t be allowed to wield power over his neighbors.” That’s what it means,” he said, adding that he was not discussing a “system change.”

But again, regardless of what the White House says, Biden personally believes Putin is unfit to run the government and will use U.S. policy to weaken Putin whenever the opportunity presents itself. It became clear that he intended to

What about the pandemic “end” declaration that popped out at the Detroit Auto Show in September? The White House has long sent the message that it will decide “science-based” when to end the public health emergency around the new coronavirus.

In fact, Biden made these declarations at a time when hundreds of people are still dying every day in the United States.

Still, there is no doubt that the change in the administration’s response to the new coronavirus was reflected. Government officials are trying to equate the upcoming new vaccination with the annual flu shot. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also eased guidelines on mask-wearing requirements after Mr. Biden’s remarks.

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In the first place, Mr. Biden’s “slipping” is not a new phenomenon. When he was vice president in the Obama administration, he famously voiced his support for same-sex marriage before he even tried to endorse it.

“He was known as a man who always said what he thought,” said former Senator Ted Kaufman, who worked with Mr. Biden for half a century.

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Biden’s candor can be a headache for younger aides dealing with the press. After Biden’s “dangling” to answer reporters’ questions, he involuntarily causes sighs and curses. Biden himself enjoys this dangling, but it ends up causing some problems for his entourage.

Administration officials rarely hold lengthy media interviews with Biden on “crisis management,” fearing that Biden’s brusque, inaccurate and speculative remarks will later have to be accounted for. does not allow “60 Minutes” is Biden’s first interview since a brief conversation with an Israeli television host in July.

Biden has received far fewer formal interviews than previous presidents, according to research by Martha Joint Kumar, professor emeritus of political science at Towson University.

Based on data collected by Kumar through July this year, Biden held 17 press conferences, 39 interviews and 300 informal exchanges with reporters as president, compared to earlier. The averages of the six presidents were 41, 112, and 172, respectively.

Of course, there are times when Mr. Biden simply says the wrong thing. The 79-year-old said in July that he had cancer. One of his aides later said on Twitter that Mr Biden had a non-melanoma skin cancer removed before he took office in January last year, correcting that to be what the president was referring to.

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(Reporter by Trevor Hunnicutt)