Trouble in White House Paradise, Burma Military Action Causing Fights Between Biden Loyalists
The Honeymoon that never started for Democrat Joe Biden and his administration just got even uglier with reports coming from the White House that political people in Biden’s administration are at odds with each other over how to deal with a sensitive foreign drama in Myanmar (also known as Burma), because they are afraid of upsetting the Chinese Communist Party who is invested in the region, with their official reaction.
“President Joe Biden threatened to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar on Monday as his administration debates whether to call the military takeover a coup,” the Dailymail UK Reported.
By Tuesday morning Biden had declared the takeover was in fact a coup, in a third and weak statement, signaling now that the State Department will freeze aid:
— CitizenWonk #DCStatehood (@CitizenWonk) February 2, 2021
Insiders familiar with the back-and-forth described the discussions as ‘chaos’ as officials fear that the White House calling the military takeover a coup could anger China and force the United States to withdraw foreign aid, Politico reported.
JUST IN – “Chaos” in the White House as Biden administration officials argue over whether to call #Myanmar military takeover a “coup” over fears they will “anger China and be forced to withdraw foreign aid” (MailOnline)
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The Wall Street Journal encouraged Biden to be sensitive because China has designs on the area:
The U.S. response to the coup in Burma needs to take into account China’s regional designs, writes The Editorial Board https://t.co/gEjGP6UL3M
— WSJ Editorial Page (@WSJopinion) February 2, 2021
According to the Daily Mail, who reported on the mess:
- Myanmar’s army took the power of the country early on Monday and detained de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi
- The country has been at odds over alleged election irregularities in November
- Calling the military takeover a coup would prevent the U.S. from providing aid
- President Joe Biden threatened to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar on Monday as his administration debates on whether to call the military takeover a ‘coup’
- But officials fear that the White House calling the military takeover a coup could anger China and force the United States to withdraw foreign aid
Biden’s office released a second statement on Monday that added more confusion to the situation.
“NEW statement from Biden on the military coup in Burma: The US “removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy. The reversal of that progress will necessitate an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action”
NEW statement from Biden on military coup in Burma: The US “removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy. The reversal of that progress will necessitate an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action” pic.twitter.com/b0385lCsCC
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 1, 2021
BACK AND FORTH
“We will work with our partners throughout the region and the world to support the restoration of democracy and the rule of law, as well as to hold accountable those responsible for overturning Burma’s democratic transition,” Biden’s statement said on Monday.
Biden called on the military in Myanmar to lift all restrictions on telecommunications and to refrain from violence against civilians.
A U.S. official later told Reuters the administration had launched high-level internal discussions aimed at crafting a “whole of government” response and planned to consult closely with Congress.
Myanmar military television said Monday that the military was taking control of the country for one year, while reports said many of the country’s senior politicians including Aung San Suu Kyi had been detained.
“An announcement read on military-owned Myawaddy TV cited a section of the military-drafted constitution that allows the military to take control in times of national emergency. It said the reason for takeover was in part due to the government’s failure to act on the military’s claims of voter fraud in last November’s election and its failure to postpone the election because of the coronavirus crisis.
The announcement and the declaration of a state of emergency follows days of concern about the threat of a military coup — and military denials that it would stage one — and came on the morning the country’s new Parliament session was to begin.
The takeover is a sharp reversal of the partial yet significant progress toward democracy Myanmar made in recent years following five decades of military rule and international isolation that began in 1962. It would also be a shocking fall from power for Suu Kyi, who led the democracy struggle despite years under house arrest and won a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts,” KOLOTV reported.
Times of India reported on Tuesday, “The Myanmar crisis marks a first major test of Biden’s pledge to collaborate more with allies on international challenges, especially on China’s rising influence, in contrast to former President Donald Trump‘s often go-it-alone “America First” approach.
It also represented a rare policy alignment between Biden’s fellow Democrats and top Republicans as they joined in denouncing the coup and urging Myanmar’s military face consequences.”
The story is developing, but what we do know is that this is a test for Biden and for the Uniparty in DC.
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