Mike Johnson Says Biden “Projecting Weakness”
House Speaker Mike Johnson accused Joe Biden of “projecting weakness” following his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco.
— The Hill (@thehill) November 18, 2023
Biden and Xi met in San Francisco on Wednesday during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.
Notably, Biden came under fire from the Chinese government for labeling Xi a “dictator” during a press conference.
“Look, he is. He’s a dictator in the sense that he’s a guy who runs a country that is a communist country that is based on a form of government totally different from ours,” Biden told reporters.
Here’s the moment US President Joe Biden said he still believes his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping was a dictator, casting a shadow over what both sides had characterized as their most productive meeting to date https://t.co/StCwJXpSUb pic.twitter.com/FovmxfQ2bT
— Bloomberg (@business) November 16, 2023
From The Hill:
“Anyone who looks at this objectively has to agree that President Biden is projecting weakness on the world stage,” Johnson said in an interview with “Cats and Cosby” host John Catsimatidis on Friday. “I am from the [President] Reagan school. He always said we maintain peace through strength. He was exactly right.”
“If you project weakness, you invite aggression. It’s a dangerous time right now to be inviting aggression on our country,” he continued. “That’s why you see China, Iran, Russia, all of our adversaries around the world … being very provocative.”
Johnson also criticized American tech CEOs, who hosted Xi at a dinner on Thursday to a warm reception.
“I thought it was shameful that we gave standing ovations … by these CEOs of tech companies to a communist leader of a nation that persecutes its own people,” he said. “[That’s] causing havoc around the world, and is trying to be a peer-to-peer adversary with the United States. This is not a game.”
For 40,000 USD entry ticket, you get a picture with Xi pic.twitter.com/K0lWre1TA7
— Velina Tchakarova (@vtchakarova) November 17, 2023
During the summit on Wednesday, tensions flared as Biden and Xi engaged in a verbal exchange over policy concerning Taiwan. Despite the heated exchange, both leaders expressed a willingness to explore opportunities for economic collaboration.