U.S. President Joe Biden told CBS’ “60 Minutes” program that Washington would remain committed to helping Ukraine “as long as it takes” while U.S. aid to Kiev has so far reached about $15 billion, noting that recent developments in Taiwan.
“With the great help that we and our allies are giving them and the incredible courage and determination of the Ukrainian people, they are not losing the war and making gains in certain areas,” Biden said. “To win the war in Ukraine is to get Russia out. of Ukraine completely and recognized sovereignty.”
“They are defeating Russia. It turns out that Russia is not as capable and capable as many people thought, but to win the war? The damage it is doing, the civilians and innocents being killed, it is very difficult to see it as to consider a victory.”
Biden described Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in the war as “barbaric” and added: “What he did, his attacks on civilians, everything from civilian hospitals to people in nursing homes, to neighborhoods where just ordinary people live.”
“For schools, this is outrageous, and the price the Ukrainian people pay for this war is very high,” he added.
Asked if Putin was considering the use of weapons of mass destruction, the president told Putin: “Don’t, don’t, don’t, you’ll change the face of war like no other since World War II.”
The president declined to say what the US response would be, saying: “The response will be huge, they will be pariahs more than ever, and depending on what they do, we will determine the response.”
On the same day that Biden was interviewed, Putin met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Biden said US forces would defend the island of Taiwan “if in fact there is an unprecedented attack”.
But the US president emphasized that “Taiwan makes its own judgment about its independence,” adding: “We’re not encouraging them to be independent, that’s their decision.”
Host Scott Bailey reiterated by asking the president, “Other than Ukraine, to be clear, sir, would American forces defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?” The president replied, “Yes.”
After the interview, a White House official said US policy on Taiwan had not changed.
Officially, the United States maintains a “strategic ambiguity” about whether American forces will defend Taiwan, but the Taiwan Relations Act requires the United States to help equip Taiwan to defend itself.
Last month, the US State Department announced the sale of $1.1 billion worth of military equipment to the island’s government.
Chinese Embassy spokesman Liu Bingyu said in a series of tweets that the sales agreement “sends wrong signals to the ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces, and seriously jeopardizes Sino-US relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait in danger, and China strongly opposes it.”
Biden in 2024.. and investigations with Trump
In the interview that aired Sunday, the president told “60 Minutes” that he has not made a “firm decision” about whether he will run for re-election in 2024, but said he intends to run.
“My intention, as I said at the beginning, is that I will run again. It is only an intention, but whether it is a firm decision to run again remains to be seen.”
“What I’m doing is I’m doing my job, I’m going to do the job,” Biden said. “And in the logical time frame after this next election cycle here, next year, I’m going to make a judgment about what to do.”
The president and senior administration officials have confirmed that Biden plans to run again in 2024, but Biden told ABC in December that it would depend on whether he is in good health.
Biden told CBS that he had not seen the contents of documents released by the FBI at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in August, and said he did not want to interfere with any possible action by the department of justice.
“I didn’t ask for details of those documents because I didn’t want to get caught up in the question of whether the Justice Department should act on some action they might take. I agreed that I wouldn’t tell them what to do,” he added.
The Justice Department removed 11 sets of classified documents from Mar-a-Lago while executing a search warrant for possible Espionage Act violations and other crimes, according to unsealed court documents.
Asked about his reaction to seeing the FBI photo showing a trove of documents found on Trump’s property, Biden said: “How could this happen? How could someone be so irresponsible?”
Biden said he was not told whether important national security secrets were exposed by storing the documents at the former president’s residence.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone personally about it, I’m sure my administration understands what’s going on, and so does the National Security Council, but I don’t,” he added.
“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent extremism that threatens the foundations of our republic,” Biden said earlier this month.
and MAGA are the initials of Make America Great Again and are the motto of Trump and his supporters.
“Now I want to be very clear, not every Republican, not even the majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans, not every Republican stands for his (Trump’s) extremist ideology,” he told Sixty Minutes.
Biden said he defines them as “those who refuse to acknowledge that the election happened and there was a winner.”
“The Republicans in MAGA are those people who say that the use of force is a legitimate tool, like what happened on the Capitol,” he added.
“You cannot call yourself a democratic republic and internally support violence against the government, while at the same time talking about not recognizing the election result that was overwhelmingly agreed to be legitimate,” he added.
On another topic, the president said he believes the COVID-19 pandemic is “over,” but acknowledged that the United States still has a “problem” with the virus that has killed a million Americans.
“The pandemic is over,” Biden told the show. “We still have a problem with Covid. We are still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over.”
The US government continues to classify COVID-19 as a public health emergency, and the World Health Organization says it remains a public health emergency of international concern.
But the president’s comments come on the heels of other upbeat comments from global health leaders.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said at a press conference last week that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is “on the horizon”, and that the world has never been in a better position to fight the Covid-19 – pandemic.
“Last week, the number of reported weekly deaths from COVID-19 was the lowest since March 2020,” Ghebreyesus said.
But Ghebreyesus noted that the epidemic is not over, saying: “We have never been in a better position to end the epidemic, we are not there yet, but the end is in sight.”