As President Joe Biden prepares to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas), who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, fears the president isn’t “capable.” to stand up to China.
“[Biden must project] strength, and all it projects is weakness. And that invites aggression,” McCaul said. FoxNews. “And that’s why we have so many problems.”
Biden will meet Xi ahead of the G20 heads of state and government summit in Bali, Indonesia, to set expectations with China as tensions rise over Taiwan and Russia’s war with Ukraine, the White House announcement Thursday. McCaul said Biden was unable to project strength in those kinds of meetings.
McCaul is not the first to point out the president’s weak diplomacy. Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Ala.), a prominent member of the House Armed Services Committee, and other U.S. defense strategists blasted Biden in January for not appoint an ambassador in Ukraine a month before the Russian invasion, the Free Washington Beacon reported.
“That explains why we have so many trouble spots. And that’s frankly dangerous,” McCaul said. “I mean, when you watch Putin invade Ukraine and China’s Xi play a Pentagon war game with China and Taiwan. It’s actually scary. And I hope he projects deterrence on the aggression and force. But this administration doesn’t seem capable of doing that.”
Asked at a press conference on Wednesday about the United States’ commitment to Taiwan, Biden promised reporters that he “will have that conversation” with Xi. He added that he was “unwilling to make any fundamental concessions” to Xi and was “seeking competition, not…conflict.” In September, Biden said the United States defend taiwan if China invades, an unusually explicit statement that the White House later minimized.
Biden’s weakness on the international stage extends beyond China, McCaul told Fox. McCaul said Biden’s failure to bolster the Trump-era Abraham Accords, which strengthened relations between Arab nations and Israel, is “detrimental to the national security of the United States.”
“And this administration has done nothing to advance the Abraham Accords. In fact, everything they’ve done has damaged it. And that’s peace in the Middle East,” McCaul said.
Ahead of the G20 summit, Biden will meet with UN officials in Egypt to discuss the “global climate fight” and attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Cambodia.