Biden Tells World Leaders: “America First” Diplomacy Is Over, America Is Re-Committed To Globalism
President Joe Biden recently gave a “surrender speech” to members of the G7 — an informal grouping of seven of the world’s most advanced economies — telling its leaders in a Friday summit that the “America First” diplomacy championed by former President Donald Trump is over.
The New York Times first reported the development, the same day that the Democratic President moved to officially rejoin the controversial Paris Climate Accord, which his Republican predecessor dropped saying it is “all cost but no benefit” for the United States and would cost the country as much as 2.7 million jobs by 2025.
“America is back, the trans-Atlantic alliance is back … we are not looking backward,” Biden claimed.
“We have to prove that our model isn’t a relic of history. We must demonstrate that democracies can still deliver for our people in this changed world. That is our galvanizing mission. Democracy doesn’t happen by accident. We have to defend it. Strengthen it. Renew it.”
The New York Post, which cited Biden’s move to end Trump’s “America First” policy, also quoted a Biden official privy with the talks saying the Democratic chief executive is keen on pushing multilateralism instead.
“Now he will get the opportunity as president of the United States early in his term to declare that America is back and the trans-Atlantic alliance is back,” the official said.
The publication also wrote: “Biden has swiftly dismantled Trump’s foreign policy agenda, which saw the U.S. withdraw from the World Health Organization, the Paris Agreement and the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump believed were against the nation’s interests.”
The G7 consists of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The intergovernmental organization meets periodically to address international economic and monetary issues.
Europe praise Biden for dropping “America First”
Speaking at the virtual summit, Biden also announced that the US will donate US$4 billion for global coronavirus vaccination efforts.
Meanwhile, following Biden’s remark of ending the “America First” policy, European leaders lauded him saying his words were exactly the same words that they wanted to hear from the US.
“Biden gave exactly the speech that many Europeans wanted to hear — an America that pats you on the shoulders, that doesn’t criticize or demand,” Germany’s influential magazine Der Spiegel reported.
In his keynote address, Biden also committed to other participants like French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that the US is “determined to reengage with Europe, to consult with you, to earn back our position of trusted leadership.”
Merkel said after that it is up to Europe to decide whether to follow Biden’s example with actions.
Macron tells US: “time to focus on China”
“I can only support (the idea) that it is up to democratic countries not just to talk about freedom and values, but to produce results,” Merkel told reporters.
European Council President Charles Michel cited the need for the US to cement “the rules-based international order” — noting that “a strong partnership needs strong partners.”
France’s Macron, meanwhile, signaled that Europe should do more to take care of its own defenses, adding that by doing so, the allies are able to “strengthen” the United States and its ability to focus more on its China problem.
“I think it is time for us to take much more of the burden of our own protection,” Macron said.
Biden’s move to reject Trump’s “America First” policy meant sidelining the diplomacy that brought no new wars and ushered Middle East peace deals — something that previous administrations failed to do so.
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