World Biden flourishes in Trump’s absence from the world stage
Biden heads to the beach for Jill's 70th birthday
President Joe Biden traveled to Delaware solo Wednesday afternoon for his first trip as president to his Rehoboth Beach house to celebrate first lady Jill Biden's 70th birthday.'No birthday plans. Just a quiet birthday at home,' Michael LaRosa, the first lady's spokesman, told DailyMail.com about the first couple's itinerary for the mid-week break.
CARBIS BAY, ENGLAND — Joe Biden had many messages for U.S. allies during his first foreign trip as president. But perhaps none were more pronounced than this: I’m not Donald Trump.
Biden’s predecessor spent four years disparaging world leaders — in public and on Twitter— accusing their countries of freeloading off the United States. He pulled out of international agreements, refused to sign others and scoffed at the trans-Atlantic alliances that served as a bedrock of U.S. foreign policy in the post-WWII era.
Biden is heading to Europe for his first time as president. What’s on his agenda, and what to expect
Joe Biden's eight-day trip offers chance to shore up alliances with allies, confront Vladimir Putin and visit with Queen Elizabeth.He’ll also get to enjoy one of the perks of the presidency: a visit with Queen Elizabeth II.
Three years ago in Canada, Trump famously stormed out of a meeting of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nations, a moment enshrined in aof him sitting with his arms crossed triumphantly as other leaders stood around him, either exasperated or appearing to implore him to act.
So many leaders at the latest G-7 meeting, including those from Germany, France and Canada, seemed simply eager to move past Trump this week; so much so that they greeted Biden like an old friend even when he wasn’t.
As the world leaders walked along St. Ives Bay just before the summit began, French President Emmanuel Macron, who had never met Biden before,and the two walked arm and arm. They engaged in a brief but animated conversation that included talking about ways to make democracies more effective for the middle class, one of Biden’s favorite topics.
Jill Biden to meet the Queen
Almost five months into her new job, Jill Biden is still revealing what kind of first lady she wants to be, but one thing is already clear: you can call her "Jill."Biden has insisted at just about every turn that people address her by her first name. She means it -- people actually call her that or, sometimes, "Dr. B." The familiar approachability is part of the Biden narrative, and an aspect of her personality into which she leans hard.
“Being able to meet Joe Biden is obviously important because he stands for the commitment to multilateralism, which we were missing in recent years.” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of Trump’s favorite targets, just after she arrived at the summit Friday.
Even British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, closer to Trump than any other G-7 leader, declared that everyone is “absolutely thrilled” to see Biden and called their meeting “a breath of fresh air.” Later when reporters asked if that comment was a criticism of Trump, the prime minister's spokesperson said it was simply a reflection of their shared interests of security and climate change.
Some of the camaraderie in England could be chalked up to world leaders simply practicing the diplomatic art form of overt flattery. But much of it, experts say, is the outcome of international relations finally returning to a state of norm after four years of intense whiplash. The leaders may not have uttered Trump’s name out loud but his presence was felt.
Most of the media will sleep through the Biden years
Violent crime in U.S. cities is soaring. Inflation is spiking. The Mexican border crisis is deepening. Cyberattacks against key infrastructure are surging. Gas prices keep increasing. © Provided by Washington Examiner Yet, a USA Today article recently proclaimed President Joe Biden an “elusive target for Republicans,” arguing that they “have had little success demonizing Biden with independent voters because so many people feel they know him.” No wonder Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald calls the legacy media “stenographers for the state.” Press coverage of Biden isn’t just soft.
“There's no way of describing our friends' relief at the change of administration. And not just because it isn't Donald Trump anymore,” said Stephen Sestanovich, a former National Security Council and State Department official. “It’s that the alliance has a backlog of real problems to address. The Biden administration wants to talk about how to develop cooperative responses to them in a way that the Trump administration couldn't ever be serious about.”
Bidenin England Wednesday to attend several meetings — the G-7, NATO and those with European Union and European Council leaders — and to discuss a host of issues, including Covid, the economy and the challenges posed by Russia and China. His final stop will be in Geneva, where he will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a for which Biden has already received criticism.
This week, the G-7 countries are expected to organize no less than eight committees to work on policy issues, including the corporate tax rate (an agreement was reached among the G-7 to implement a 15 percent minimum rate), technology, trade, travel and the pandemic. Those working groups generally didn’t happen when Trump was president.
Biden and his aviators greet queen on a sunny afternoon
WINDSOR, England (AP) — President Joe Biden and his aviator sunglasses met Queen Elizabeth II on bright Sunday afternoon. The queen hosted the president and first lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle, her royal residence near London. Biden flew to London after wrapping up his participation in a three-day summit of leaders of the world's wealthy democracies in Cornwall, in southwestern England. He arrived at the castle aboard the presidential helicopter and was ferried to the queen in a black Range Rover.
Video: Biden meets with G7 leaders ahead of Putin summit (NBC News)
Instead, Trump, who never held office before being elected to president, played the role of disrupter, scoffing at international institutions, undermining trade deals and questioning U.S. military commitments and bases overseas. He backed Brexit in part to delegitimize the European Union, constantly criticized countries for not spending enough on defense and lodged tariffs on European exports.
Biden, whoboth as member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and vice president, is perceived internationally as someone U.S. allies can work with on issues ranging from climate change to holding Iran accountable for its nuclear ambitions.
After Biden was elected, foreign leaders and diplomats quickly proclaimed the new American president would bring back something that had been missing for four years: normalcy.
“America is back. And we are happy you are back,” European Council President Charles Michel told Biden in March during a video summit.
Still, some leaders are skeptical that U.S. politics, with its deep partisan divisions, will remain stable enough for the country to return to its place as a reliable global power. Le Monde, a leading French newspaper, said in an editorial after the election that “Trumpism” was not an accident but a “lasting heritage of American politics.”
Biden-Putin summit live updates: 'I'm always ready,' Biden says
President Joe Biden will meet face-to-face with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Switzerland on Wednesday amid rising tensions between the two countries.The two men will face off inside an 18th-century Swiss villa in Geneva, situated alongside a lake in the middle of the Parc de la Grange. The fifth American president to sit down with Putin, Biden has spoken with him and met him before, in 2016.
“The allies do have lingering doubts about the forces that produced Trump's election in 2016 and are wondering whether those forces are gone for good, or that possibility that the US could shift back to a more contentious, more transactional approach to NATO in 2022, or 20 2024,” said Alexander Vershbow, former deputy secretary of NATO and former ambassador to South Korea and Russia. “I think this concern is real that, you know, the Trumpian trend tendencies in the U.S. could return full bore. And in the midterms, or in the next presidential election.”
But Vershbow, now a fellow at the Atlantic Council, said European allies are adopting unique approaches to the U.S now that Biden is in office. Germany, for example, wants the U.S. to resume its place as a leader while France doesn’t think the U.S. can be trusted as much as it used to be. But Macron, who has tried to fill the leadership vacuum left by Trump, appeared to cozy up to Biden, so much so that their interactions sparked a flurry of social media attention and led the British media to dub it a budding.
The two will meet formally Saturday.
Biden has tried to nurture that idea that he is Trump’s inverse on the global stage. Since he was sworn into office, he has rejoined the Paris climate accord, backed an attempt to revive the Iran nuclear deal and has spoken repeatedly about the importance of alliances, international diplomacy and emphasized America’s commitment to allies and partners. He has reassured leaders that the U.S. backs NATO’s doctrine of collective defense and would aid a member state in the face of Russian aggression.
AP PHOTOS: Biden wraps up 1st overseas trip of presidency
Joe Biden wrapped up the first overseas trip of his presidency Wednesday after rallying allies and facing off with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The eight-day, three-country swing included meetings with leaders of the Group of Seven wealthiest democracies in scenic Cornwall, England, and a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. In Brussels, Biden huddled with nearly a dozen NATO allies and met with the leadership of the European Union. The stop was meant to convey a united front among alliance members in standing up to Russian aggression and human rights violations. © Provided by Associated Press People watch Air Force One, carrying U.S.
But there are stillabout America’s policies under Biden. Countries fret about the U.S. decision to pull troops out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11; the lack of urgency over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built to bring gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea; and the ways the U.S. is approaching its economic rival China.
Johnson, who held a bilateral meeting with Biden on Thursday, supports Biden’s commitment to fighting climate change and the sharing of the Covid vaccine with poorer countries, which health officials say should have been done sooner. But he is still waiting for Biden to help push through a U.K.-U.S. trade deal.
Heather Conley, who served as a deputy assistant secretary of state during the George W. Bush administration, said U.S. allies thought the Biden administration would be following their agenda, but instead it appears that Biden wants them to follow his.
Still, Conley said, it’s a marked shift from the Trump era in policy and tone. The leaders still may have their differences but they’ll air them behind closed doors or through diplomatic channels.
“There is no longer a feeling of complete dread before a NATO or G-7 summit or fearing that the meetings would upend U.S. policy,” said Conley, now a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “There was much more energy devoted to managing or mitigating former President Trump before, during and after the summit than the actual summit agenda. This doesn’t mean U.S. allies agree with the Biden administration on their initiatives, but these meetings will be predictable, stable and possibly productive.”
Ryan Heath, Rym Momtaz and Esther Webber contributed to this report.
Biden abroad: Pitching America to welcoming if wary allies .
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden spent his first trip overseas highlighting a sharp break from his disruptive predecessor, selling that the United States was once more a reliable ally with a steady hand at the wheel. European allies welcomed the pitch — and even a longtime foe acknowledged it. But while Biden returned Wednesday night to Washington after a week across the Atlantic that was a mix of messaging and deliverables, questions remained as to whether those allies would trust that Biden truly represents a long-lasting reset or whether Russia’s Vladimir Putin would curb his nation’s misbehaviors.