Former President Donald Trump has lashed out at current President Joe Biden over his recent comments on China, claiming that they have made the United States a global joke. In a post on his social media platform "Truth Social," Trump criticized Biden's gaffe and said such mistakes are unacceptable.
"Mistakes like this, a really big one in Canada’s Parliament, are just not allowed to happen,” wrote Trump. “We are a laughing stock all over the WORLD!”
Trump's remarks come after President Biden recently made an off-the-cuff remark during an interview with ABC News about whether he would support sending US troops to Taiwan if China were to invade. The president responded by saying that it would depend on the circumstances and noted that he didn't want to start World War III.
Critics of the president immediately pounced on his comments as being weak and indecisive in response to Chinese aggression. However, some analysts have argued that it was merely an honest answer intended to avoid escalating tensions unnecessarily.
Trump has long been critical of Biden's foreign policy decisions regarding China and other countries. During his presidency, he implemented tariffs against Chinese imports and took a hardline approach towards Beijing amid allegations of intellectual property theft and unfair trade practices.
The former president has also touted his own record of standing up for American interests abroad while portraying Biden as weak in comparison — especially when it comes to dealing with China.
While opinions may differ on whether or not President Biden's comments were appropriate or indicative of broader issues with US-China relations - what is clear is that political polarization continues unabated even several years after former President Donald Trump left office.