President BidenJoe BidenJill Biden, Kate Middleton meet this week Al Gore lobbied Biden not to cut climate plans in infrastructure agreement The White House briefed on bipartisan infrastructure agreement but says questions remain MORE seeking to delete earlier President Trump‘s America First agenda from the international stage during his inaugural trip abroad for the Group of Seven (G-7) summit in England this week.
With words and actions, Biden sends the signal that America is back on the world stage and that it wants to work in partnership with Western allies on topics ranging from the rise in China and Russia to climate change and the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Biden takes a much less isolationist approach [that] will spur goodwill, and he needs to keep doing it, ”said John Hudak, a senior fellow at the left-wing Brookings Institution.
“This summit is the first major step in showing the world that America is back to the position it once was,” Hudak added.
Instead of demanding that other countries intensify their defense spending and NATO commitments and warn that the United States is ready to go it alone, Biden’s first formal action on the trip was to announce an update to the Atlantic Charter with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson .
The charter is a World War II-era document containing joint commitments from the United States and Britain, and the message was America Together, not America First.
“Our revitalized Atlantic Charter, based on the commitments and ambitions made 80 years ago, reaffirms our ongoing commitment to uphold our lasting values and defend them against new and old challenges,” the new joint document states. “We are committed to working closely with all partners who share our democratic values and meet the efforts of those who seek to undermine our alliances and institutions.”
The new charter is a good example of the kind of change that Biden wants to make from Trump, which in most ways is the opposite of his successor.
Yet Biden faces real challenges in making the focal point, especially now that allies have seen how quickly American political winds can change.
The multilateralist former President Obama, who led the work on Iran’s nuclear deal and included the United States in the climate change deal, was suddenly followed by his polar opposition in Trump. Now Biden is Trump’s successor, but the Republican president is planning a comeback in 2024, meaning promises from the current administration may not be kept in a few years.
Questions about the state of American democracy are also in the air after a pro-Trump mob overwhelmed police and invaded the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in scenes that shocked the world. It is not lost on European leaders that much of the Republican Party is questioning an election – despite the fact that Biden won fairly and there has been no sign of widespread fraud.
Biden tries to reassure and tells allies that “America is back.”
On Friday, the White House announced German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit in July, an event to “confirm the deep bilateral ties between the United States and Germany.”
Merkel, who is still the most important leader in Western Europe, had a notoriously difficult relationship with Trump, who once threw away his candy and said, “Do not say I will never give you anything.”
Biden has held phone calls and virtual meetings with several foreign leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
He called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a figure at the center of Trump’s first indictment, and plans to host him in the White House later this year.
Some conservatives say the White House is pushing a false narrative with its efforts to turn the Trump side diplomatically.
“I do not think transatlantic relations were in a major crisis,” said James Carafano, Heritage Heritage’s vice president of national security and foreign policy.
“I think they did just fine with the Trump years. Honestly, transatlantic conditions are the least of our problems right now, ”he added.
Biden’s team, however, believes the Trump administration was disastrous for US relations abroad and sees this trip as an important moment for repair.
But it is an effort that truly began almost as soon as Biden entered the oval office, when he immediately nibbled the so-called Muslim ban and reintroduced normal visa processing with 13 countries with largely Muslim populations.
In the United States, GOP lawmakers and potential rivals for Biden in 2024 are preparing to make foreign policy an issue during the midterm and presidential elections.
They surround Biden as weak towards China and as too willing to put international support from the West over American domestic issues.
Dens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCotton, head of the Pentagon, gang over diversity training in military GOP senators, presses Justice Department to compare protest arrests with Capitol rebellion The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden detour on infrastructure before vote in June MORE (R-Texas) slammed Biden for joining the Paris climate deal in January, reiterating Trump’s justification for leaving the deal, saying Biden is more interested “in the views of the people of Paris than in the people of Pittsburgh.”
“People were not happy with Obama at the end of the years,” Carafano said. “In the end, they were incredibly disappointed because of the content of policies. And that will be the case with Biden. ”