U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized President Joe Biden and his foreign policies on Twitter, claiming it caused America’s oldest ally, France, to support China’s Communist Party (CCP).
Cruz’s tweet referenced remarks French President Emmanuel Macron made urging France and Europe not to support Taiwan as the U.S. does. Macron’s comments were published in an interview with French Newspaper Les Echos and Politico Europe.
“The question we need to answer, as Europeans, is the following: is it in our interest to accelerate (a crisis) on Taiwan? No,” Macron said in the interview. “The worst thing would be to think that we Europeans must become followers on this topic and take our cue from the U.S. agenda and a Chinese overreaction.”
Macron argued that his country, and its neighbors, risk getting “caught up in crises that are not ours.”
“We, Europeans, must wake up. Our priority is not others’ agendas in all regions of the world,” he added.
In response, Cruz called Macron’s comments “stunning,” saying that the European leaders Biden has “courted” are ripping off the U.S.
Stunning. Even the left-wing leaders of Europe—whom Biden has assiduously courted (and obsequiosly ass-kissed)—are openly screwing the U.S.
Serious Q: could Biden possibly have screwed up foreign policy more? https://t.co/VUNOXxY6CK
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 12, 2023
Cruz wasn’t the only American legislator to criticize Macron’s comments. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) asked Macron if his remarks spoke for all of Europe and urged other European nations to be transparent about their objectives.
Marco Rubio sums up the many problems embarrassing the US. He’s not wrong.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 13, 2023
The Biden administration ignored any deeper meaning behind Macron’s comments and insisted the U.S. and France were in close cooperation.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the two countries have a “terrific bilateral cooperation” and work together to support Ukraine and ensure peace in the Indo-Pacific region.
“We’re focused on… making sure that together we’re meeting the national security requirements of both countries,” Kirby said.
China recently simulated “joint precision strikes” in Taiwan during military exercises across the island. In an interview with CNN, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu denounced China’s actions, warning that China is nearing war against Taiwan.
“Look at the military exercises, and also their rhetoric, they seem to be trying to get ready to launch a war against Taiwan,” Wu said.
China launched the drills a day after Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen returned from a 10-day visit to Central America and the U.S., where she met with U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
According to a war game simulation by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Chinese invasion of Taiwan would result in casualties not just for the two countries, but also for the U.S. and Japan.
The simulation predicted that in the first weeks of the war, more than 3,200 U.S. forces would be killed, excluding casualties that might occur in places like the South China Sea.
According to the report, China would suffer the most casualties, losing nearly 10,000 during the first three weeks of its invasion. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a Chinese invasion of Taiwan would potentially set the stage for World War III.