White House brushes off deleted Taiwan tweet as an ‘honest mistake’

White House brushes off deleted Taiwan tweet as an ‘honest mistake’


The White House on Thursday dismissed the deletion of a tweet with an image of Taiwan’s flag by its COVID Response Team as an “honest mistake.” 

“This was an honest mistake that was made by the team handling graphics and social media, and should not in any way be viewed as a shift in official US policy. When we recognized the mistake, we removed the tweet,” press secretary Jen Psaki said at the White House daily press briefing. 

She said the US remains committed to the One China Policy, which recognizes the People’s Republic of China but not Taiwan’s independence.

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China believes Taiwan is part of its territory despite its democratic self-rule.

Psaki also noted the Taiwan Relations Act, which provides a foundation for the US’ informal relations with the island nation. 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the tweet “should not in any way be viewed as a shift in official US policy.”White House COVID-19 Response Team

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