The US State Dept. on Tuesday retracted remarks by leftist President Joe Biden regarding Pakistan’s ability to keep its nuclear weapons secure, going so far as to name the South Asian nation, a nominal friend of America’s, as “one of the most dangerous countries around the world.”
Last week, Biden delivered the incendiary remarks at a Dem. Party gathering at a private residence in California.
Offering confused statements about nuclear weapons in general, Biden cited Pakistan while bragging once again about his close personal ties with Chinese tyrant Xi Jinping.
“I’ve spent far more time alongside Xi Jinping than that of any individual — any chief of state in America — in the world,” Biden rambled, repeating his ludicrous statement of traveling 17,000 miles with the murderous leader, which earned him three of four “Pinocchios” from the Washington Post the year before.
Biden then immediately shifted his focus to Pakistan.
“This is a guy that knows what he wants but has a huge, huge array of issues. How are we suppose to deal with that?” The president inquired. “How do we handle that in light of what’s going on in Russia? Pakistan, which I believe is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Nuclear weapons with no cohesiveness.”
“There’s a lot going on, folks. There’s a lot going on,” he said, never returning to clarify on his feelings for Pakistan.
According to the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, an official news release from Pakistan’s Prime Minister’s office branded President Biden’s remarks as “factually wrong and misleading,” and demanded that “unnecessary comments” be avoided.
Following the publishing of the official transcript of the event, Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry contacted American Ambassador to Islamabad Donal Blome and asked that the ambassador deliver a demarche on President Biden’s remarks.
“Pakistan’s disappointment and worry were expressed to the US Ambassador on the inappropriate remarks, which were not based on truth of the situation or facts,” according to a news release from the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
On Tuesday, US State Dept. Deputy Director Spokesman Vendal Patel addressed the escalating scandal, assuring reporters that “the US is confident of Pakistan’s dedication and capacity to secure nuclear assets.”
“The United States has always regarded a safe and prosperous Pakistan as important to American interests. In general, the United States values its longtime partnership with Pakistan,” Patel remarked.
By the time the State Dept. intervened to mitigate the wrath, most prominent Pakistani political elites had condemned Biden. Pakistan’s Minister Of Foreign affairs, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, told the media on Saturday that President Biden’s comments surprised him, noting that Biden’s concerns about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons security had never been brought up by US officials during his latest trip to the US in Sept. when US Defense Secretary Anthony Blinken defended the selling of US weapons to Pakistan.
On Saturday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reacted to Biden’s remarks on Twitter, writing, “Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state, and we’re happy that our nuclear assets have the highest safeguards as per IAEA regulations.”
“We take these safety precautions very seriously. Let there be no doubts,” he declared.