President Biden, meanwhile, has lost his way with Democratic leaders today as he tries to close a deal on his Build Back Better program. Moderate and progressive parties are negotiating a social and climate package that is now worth $ 2 trillion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today that the deal is – I quote – “very possible.”
A federal jury in New York found Lev Parnas, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani, guilty of illegal campaign donations. Parnas used the Russian tycoon’s money to support Republican groups, including one that supported then-President Trump.
Separately, Parnas contributed to Giuliani’s efforts to involve Ukraine in the investigation of Hunter Biden during his father’s 2020 presidential campaign. Giuliani is still under investigation.
China today insisted that there would be no compromise on Taiwan’s status and also warned the US to watch what it says. President Biden said last night that the United States is committed to defending Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack. This seemed to go beyond the long-standing US pledge to help Taiwan defend itself.
The White House quickly announced that there were no changes in policy.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made a similar note today as he spoke after the NATO meeting in Brussels.
Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of Defense: Nobody wants issues on both sides of the strait to get into a fight, much less President Biden. And there is no reason why it should be. We will continue to help Taiwan with whatever means it needs to defend itself, and so we will focus on those things.