Joe Biden makes debut on world stage to say Trump's 'America First' era is over

Biden makes debut on world stage at virtual G-7 summit: President will tell leaders Trump’s ‘America First’ era is over, the US is re-entering the Paris climate accord and plead with them to counter Russian and Chinese aggression

  • President Joe Biden will make his debut on the world stage on Friday in a pair of speeches to the G7 and the annual Munich Security Conference
  • Biden will claim the ‘America First’ era is over, warn of attacks on democracy by Russia and address a range of concerns about China
  • Biden will focus his remarks on three areas: the coronavirus pandemic, its worldwide economic fallout, and the climate crisis 
  • He will stress importance of democracy and ask allies to help the U.S. ‘push back aggressively’ against Russian efforts to undermine it
  • Biden will raise concerns about China’s ‘economically abusive’ practices that threaten global competition
  • United States also officially rejoins Paris Climate Accord on Friday 

President Joe Biden will make his debut on the world stage on Friday in a pair of speeches where he will claim the ‘America First’ era is over, warn of attacks on democracy by Russia and address a range of concerns about China.

Biden will speak at a virtual G7 summit, addressing the leaders of the world’s richest countries, and then make remarks to the annual Munich Security Conference. Both events are virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

In his dual speeches, the president will make clear the United States will re-engage on the world stage after four years of Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ isolationist strategy but he will not spend his time repudiating his predecessor.

Biden intends to ‘declare that America is back and the transatlantic alliance is back,’  a senior administration official told reporters on a call previewing Biden’s remarks on Thursday night.

‘The focus of his speech tomorrow is not Donald Trump and what happened over the last four years,’ the official said.

Biden will focus his remarks on three areas: the coronavirus pandemic, its worldwide economic fallout, and the climate crisis.  

President Joe Biden will make his debut on the world stage on Friday in a pair of speeches to the G7 and the annual Munich Security Conference

President Joe Biden will make his debut on the world stage on Friday in a pair of speeches to the G7 and the annual Munich Security Conference

But his virtual visit to Europe will include several boons: a $4 billion pledge of support for global coronavirus vaccination efforts, the re-entry of the United States into the Paris climate accord, and his $1.9 trillion COVID relief measure that could boost both the U.S. and global economies. 

His message will stress the importance of democracy, a move that comes after the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capital by pro-Trump supporters rattled the world stage. 

‘He will make a strong, confident case that democracy is the best model for meeting the challenges of our time,’ the official said. ‘Democracy doesn’t happen by accident. We need to fight for it.’

That will include raising concerns about Russian efforts to undermine democracy in the United States and elsewhere. 

The president will ask allies to help the U.S. ‘push back aggressively’ against Russian efforts, the official said.

Meanwhile, Biden has continued one Trump policy – mistrust of China.

Beijing is not part of the G7 – which is composed of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – but Biden will raise concerns about China’s ‘economically abusive’ practices that threaten global competition.

‘He will make clear in the speech that he’s not looking for confrontation, he’s not looking for a new Cold War, but he’s expecting stiff competition and he welcomes it,’ the official said. 

In his remarks, President Biden will raise concerns about Russian efforts to undermine democracy in the United States and elsewhere - above Russian President Vladimir Putin

In his remarks, President Biden will raise concerns about Russian efforts to undermine democracy in the United States and elsewhere – above Russian President Vladimir Putin

Biden also will raise concerns about China's 'economically abusive' practices that threaten global competition - above Chinese President Xi Jinping

Biden also will raise concerns about China’s ‘economically abusive’ practices that threaten global competition – above Chinese President Xi Jinping

In his remarks, he also will promote ‘a robust agenda of measures to address the global climate crisis. The United States officially re-enters the Paris Climate Accord on Friday after Trump removed the country from the agreement.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, this year’s chair of the G7, is scheduled to host an in-person gathering of the leaders in Cornwall in June. Biden plans to attend should the coronavirus pandemic allow it. 

Britain also will host the UN’s next climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland, in November. Johnson has invited Biden to attend. 

source: dailymail.co.uk