It’s bad enough that the White House and a number of top Democrats looked as if they kowtowed to China’s demands that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) not make an unscheduled stop in Taiwan during her trip to Asia.
It’s even worse that the White House, especially President Joe Biden, remained strangely silent after communist China literally threatened to blow Pelosi’s aircraft out of the air should it enter Taiwanese airspace.
The threat, which originated from a state media news personality who has a reputation for saying things that the Chinese government would like to say, but can’t, laid out a plan of action should Pelosi’s plane attempt to land in Taiwan.
“If US fighter jets escort Pelosi’s plane into Taiwan, it is invasion. The PLA has the right to forcibly dispel Pelosi’s plane and the US fighter jets, including firing warning shots and making tactical movement of obstruction. If ineffective, then shoot them down,” Hu Xijin tweeted, an editor at the Chinese communist state-run Global Times.
CCP-mouthpiece The Global Times threatens Pelosi’s plane will be shot down if she visits Taiwan.
President Biden must give full support to this visit. Don’t be weak and cave to the demands of petty warmongers and dictators in Beijing. Support the freedom-loving people of Taiwan.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) July 29, 2022
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was questioned by Fox News’ Peter Doocy about the ominous threat. Jean-Pierre danced around the question, refusing to take a stance one way or another.
“I know you’re asking specifically about the rhetoric that we’re hearing from China. But as it relates to the speaker’s travels, it’s something that we’re just not going to speak to. Right now, that’s a hypothetical,” the White House press secretary said.
She added: “As we have said multiple times, we give advice and guidance to any members of Congress where they travel … But again, I’m not going to speak to a hypothetical.”
“Low as my opinion of the Biden White House is, I’d have expected their response to a question about a hostile foreign power SHOOTING NANCY PELOSI’S PLANE OUT OF THE SKY to be something stronger than ‘if she dies, she dies,’” National Review senior writer Dan McLaughlin tweeted.