Taiwan is calling on the United States to avoid “unnecessary speculation or misunderstanding” after the White House potentially caused confusion when it deleted a tweet that contained the Taiwan flag in it on Wednesday.
The tweet was posted by the White House COVID-19 Response Team and included a picture about the United States’ vaccine distribution around the world, per The Hill. The United States recently donated Moderna COVID-19 vaccine supplies to Taiwan. The post reportedly included the flag of Taiwan with flags of other places receiving the shots. The post was later removed.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen reportedly re-tweeted the post, writing: “Thank you to the U.S. for your generosity. Together, we will beat this pandemic.”
As reported by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman said that using the Taiwan flag in the social media post was “an honest mistake” by the group working on social media and images that should not be interpreted as a change