The White House is now facing backlash after giving a weak response to a threat from the CCP to shoot down House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) plane should she attempt to visit Taiwan.
The threat was relayed via Twitter just as Pelosi departed on Friday for a tour through Asia, which includes stops in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore.
Chinese propagandist Hu Xijin, editor of China’s state-run Global Times, responded to news of Pelosi’s plans by issuing a threat in a tweet, which has since been deleted by Twitter for violating its rules.
According to reporting from The Daily Wire, “Hu is a former Chinese army officer, a member of the Chinese Communist Party, and is the unofficial mouthpiece for the country, able to say what China’s top officials want to say, but often can’t.”
The since-deleted tweet read: “If U.S. fighter jets escort Pelosi’s plane into Taiwan, it is an 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.”
During Friday’s press conference, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre whether President Joe Biden had a response to the threat from communist China.
“An official who is associated with Chinese State media is suggesting that if Speaker Pelosi tries to go to Taiwan that her plane could be shot down. Does the president have a response to that?” Doocy asked.
“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. We’re just not going to speak on her schedule,” the press secretary responded. “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.”
Unbelievable: Karine Jean-Pierre says the White House won't respond to Chinese state media threats to shoot down Nancy Pelosi's plane should she visit Taiwan.
"We're just not going to speak on her schedule."
Abject, embarrassing weakness. pic.twitter.com/4Biw7DsqBr
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) July 29, 2022
Critics immediately took to Twitter to call out the Biden administration for the appalling lack of response to a legitimate foreign threat against a sitting member of Congress, especially one who is a member of their own party.
“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.’ They failed at Americaning,” said National Review senior writer Dan McLaughlin.
“Uh, sweetheart, you don’t have to speak to her schedule. You can and should speak to the outlandish threats by #China. You don’t even comprehend what you’re saying. You only know what’s in your notes. China knows that, too. And your boss, @POTUS , he’s in the bag for China,” tweeted Michael D. Brown, former under secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.
“There are no words to express how shamefully the Biden White House has caved, catered and capitulated to China. The damage to our power and prestige is colossal,” replied Stephen Miller, former senior adviser to President Donald Trump.
Matt Gorman, vice president at Targeted Victory, pointed out how strange it is that Republicans are the only ones who seem to be outraged over China’s threat, while Democrats are not standing up for Pelosi.
“Wild that Republicans are pretty much the only ones coming out defending Pelosi on this. Dems are standing around with their hands in their pockets, shrugging,” he wrote.