Patrick Goodenough

Asked in Tokyo on Tuesday if the U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity” regarding defending Taiwan was dead, President Biden said “no.” Asked if he could explain, he said, again, “no.”

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley on Monday declined to answer a question about the potential risks involved in defending Taiwan. Military contingency plans for various parts of the world were highly classified, he said, and it would not be appropriate for him to talk about risks associated with them in public.

President Biden said on Monday that he would be willing for the United States to get involved militarily, should China invade Taiwan, saying that “that’s a commitment we made.”

mid continuing concerns that North Korea could conduct a nuclear or missile test while President Biden is in the region, the president was asked in Seoul on Sunday if he had a message for Kim Jong Un. Biden sidestepped the invitation to reach out from Korean soil to the reclusive leader of the Stalinist state in the north, and said simply: “Hello. Period.”

Commenting on law approved by Oklahoma’s state legislature on Thursday that would ban nearly all abortions, Vice President Kamala Harris labeled as “outrageous” the fact that it seeks to protect unborn life from the time of fertilization.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said during a visit to South Texas on Tuesday that the department will step up criminal prosecutions of migrants “to meet the challenge” ahead. as it prepares for the end of Title 42.

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday gave an upbeat assessment of the unfolding situation in Ukraine, saying Russia’s campaign is not going according to plan, NATO is united, and “Ukraine can win this war.”

As his country nears a widely expected decision to shed decades of military non-alignment by applying to joining NATO, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö had a message on Wednesday for Russian President Vladimir Putin: “You caused this – look at the mirror.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin likely believes that, despite setbacks to his military goals in Ukraine, he will be able to hold out for longer than Ukraine and its Western backers, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said on Tuesday, citing the economic impact of the crisis including rising energy prices.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s warning this week against humiliating Russia over its invasion of Ukraine brought a sharp response Tuesday from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), an outspoken congressional critic President Vladimir Putin