(Video: Fox Business)
Fox News host Larry Kudlow was in rare form on Monday when delivering praise for a remark President Joe Biden made about defending Taiwan against China.
The Fox Business host acknowledged that “this one time” the president is right and admitted he agreed with him saying the U.S. would be willing to get militarily involved to defend Taiwan if needed.
In a conversation with the media in Tokyo during his diplomatic trip to Asia, Biden was asked — if circumstances presented themselves– he would send the United States to war with China if the Chinese Communist Party attacked Taiwan.
“Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan, if it comes to that?” asked a reporter.
“Yes,” said Biden. “That’s the commitment we made. We agree with the One China policy. We signed onto it and all the attendant agreements. But the idea that [Taiwan] can be taken by force …it’s just not appropriate. It will dislocate the entire region, and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine.”
Soon after those comments were made, the White House tried to walk back the statement, seemingly downplaying Biden’s frank, concise statement.
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“Our policy has not changed,” the White House statement said. “He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself.”
Kudlow seldom agrees with Biden’s statements on foreign policy and is well known as an outspoken critic of the White House on all fronts. This time, however, the former Ronald Reagan and Trump administration official found himself without scrutiny regarding the president’s response.
In fact, he defended the president against his own White House staff, suggesting to “let Biden be Biden.”
“Many years ago, when I was a child working for Ronald Reagan, conservatives used to yell, ‘Let Reagan be Reagan!’ I thought it was pretty cool,” he said in the opening monologue of “Kudlow” on Monday.
“The Gipper would say stuff that he believed in, but it was so shocking to the beltway swamp — and even to some beltway swamp people who snuck into the Reagan staff — that those swamp rats would whisper to the press that Reagan didn’t really believe it, or that he didn’t say it,” he continued. “They would try to walk it back.”
“Now, I never thought I’d say this, but right now, I’m going to argue, let Biden be Biden. Alright?” Kudlow explained, going on to recount how Biden responded to the question about Taiwan. “The president answered, ‘Yes!’ Ding! He got it right! The meds were working, and Biden went on with a very good answer.”
Indeed, under the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, the United States does not have to intervene in the event of an attack from China. The law does say, however, that “the United States shall provide Taiwan with arms of a defensive character and shall maintain the capacity of the United States to resist any resort to force or other forms of coercion that would jeopardize the security, or social or economic system, of the people of Taiwan.”
“I say good, and I agree,” Kudlow said in reference to Biden’s statement. “Not only is Biden instinctively right on this… his logic is correct.”
China President Xi has said he wants to take over Taiwan.
“Taiwan, on the other hand, is a free country with free speech, free elections, and free markets — one of the semiconductor centers of the world — and they like America,” Kudlow said.
“So, Biden is right. His staff is trying to walk it back. This is actually the third time they’ve walked back a Biden statement and Biden has said this a bunch of times,” he continued. “As you undoubtedly know, I have not been a supporter of President Biden’s policies at home or abroad, but not only is Biden instinctively right on this, but his logic is correct.”
“So, on this very specific point, regarding American support for Taiwan, I say let Biden be Biden,” Kudlow concluded. “Biden is right and it’s the right time for Biden to say what he said and, this one time, I am with him.”
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