USA – President Joe Biden declares ‘America is back’ in welcome words to allies
Washington: President Joe Biden used his first address before a global audience Saturday to declare that “America is back, the transatlantic alliance is back, after four years of a Trump administration that flaunted its foreign policy through an America First lens.
”Welcome back, America,” said European Council President Charles Michel, effectively summing up the mood of the Munich conference. But while such happy talk conveyed the palpable sense of relief among allies at Biden’s full-throated commitment to mending frayed U.S.-Europe relations, plenty has changed over the past four years in ways creating new challenges.
President Joe Biden said, “My administration strongly supports the diplomatic process that is underway and to bring an end to this war (Afghan war) that is closing out 20 years,” and that he is “determined” to re-engage with Europe as he addresses Munich Security Conference.
Without mentioning Donald Trump’s name once in his speech, Biden mixed talk of a reinvigorated democratic alliance with a rebuke of his predecessor’s approach, a message warmly received by Western allies.
At the G-7, administration officials said, Biden focused on what lies ahead for the international community as it tries to extinguish the public health and economic crises created by the coronavirus pandemic. He announced the U.S. will soon begin releasing $4 billion for an international effort to bolster the purchase and distribution of vaccine to poor nations, a program that Trump refused to support.