New York (Dagbladet): The President of the United States is in Great Britain for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth. At the same time, the well-known CBS program is broadcast “60 minutes” Great interview with Biden, which made headlines. Among other things, he states that he is not one hundred percent sure that he will run for re-election in 2024.
Biden, who will turn 80 in November, has long said emphatically that he will run for re-election in 2024. But in the new interview, he appears blunt that he might decide not to.
In the interview, he was asked again if he wanted to stand up.
– If I say I will run again, it will move many things. Given the electoral laws, it’s too early to make that decision. I have great respect for fate. So I just do my job. And within the logical timeframes after the next election, I’ll assess what needs to be done, Biden tells CBS News.
– It remains to be seen
– You say it is too early to make this decision. Guess you haven’t made that decision in your head yet?
– My intention is that I want to stand again. But it’s just an intention. Is it an unwavering decision to run again? Biden says it remains to be seen.
In the interview, Biden also says he hopes Democrats can maintain majorities in the House and Senate in the November midterm elections.
– This is really a difficult time. We are at a turning point in the country’s history, says Biden, and explains how he believes the pandemic has changed the American psyche.
Biden is the oldest president ever, and his age has become a big topic. In the 60 Minutes interview, he was asked if he was in good enough shape for the job.
– Just follow me. I respect what people say: You are old. But I think it has to do with how much energy you have and whether the work you do matches up with what anyone can do regardless of their age, Biden says.
On the Republican side, former President Donald Trump has flirted very frankly with the idea that he will run for president again in 2024.
In the big interview, Biden also talked about the relationship with China, among other things. He says the United States has warned the country that investors will withdraw from the country on a large scale if they support Russia in the war against Ukraine.
Biden says he told Xi it would be a “fatal mistake” to break the sanctions imposed on Russia after the neighboring country was invaded. Furthermore, Biden says there is no indication that China actively supported the Russian war with arms sales.
The warning came in a phone conversation shortly after Xi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Beijing Winter Olympics in early February. After the meeting, Xi expressed support for his Russian counterpart.
I called Xi, not to threaten him, but to tell him that … if you think Americans and others will continue to invest in China, if you violate sanctions against Russia, then I think you are making a huge mistake, says Biden.
He also denies that the Sino-Russian alliance effectively means that the United States is fighting a new Cold War.
– I don’t think there is a new Cold War that is more complex, he says in the interview.
He will defend Taiwan
President Joe Biden also answers yes to questions about whether the United States would send troops to Taiwan if the autonomous island was invaded by China, which it considers its territory.
When asked what Chinese President Xi Jinping should know about Biden’s commitments to Taiwan, Biden said the United States stands behind the “one China” policy, but Taiwan makes its own decisions on independence.
– We didn’t do anything. We do not encourage them to become independent. We don’t, Biden says, it’s their choice.
– But will the American forces defend the island, asks the presenter.
Yes, they will, if it is an unprovoked attack, Biden replies.
So, unlike Ukraine, and to be perfectly clear: American troops, American men and women will defend Taiwan against a possible Chinese invasion?
Yes, Biden replies.
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