Back in Europe, Biden tries to show allies U.S. is with them
ROME – Nearly five years after President Joe Biden declared that “America is back” during his first foreign visit, the president now faces the challenge of convincing the world that he is back in Europe.
His visit is set against the backdrop of the ongoing struggle to get his signature domestic agenda through Congress. To build support for his plan, the president’s fellow Democrats have slowly reduced Biden ‘s spending on families and health care. They also fought for tax increases to pay for it.
Because support for the $1. The president’s $1 trillion separate infrastructure package, 75 trillion of expanded social programs, is also being held up. The president is now asking the world to evaluate him based on his intents and his outcomes.
Biden administration officials contend that American allies understand the messiness of the legislative process and are unfazed, but world leaders also are keenly aware of Biden‘s sagging poll numbers, the prospects of a Republican resurgence in Congress in the 2022 midterm election and the specter the presidency could shift to former President Donald Trump or someone with similar politics two years later.
The White House view was presented by senior administration officials in Rome , briefings. It stated that American alliances were subject to great trauma under the previous administration. Healing work under Biden continues.
A senior administration official stated Saturday that the White House believes allies want Biden for as much progress possible as there is a president who is deeply dedicated to transatlantic alliances.
” The administration created high expectations for a kind of reset in transatlantic relations with the “America is back rhetoric,”” stated Benjamin Haddad, director at the Washington think-tank Atlantic Council’s Europe Center. “I believe there were too many expectations for us to just forget about the past four years .”
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Biden promised that the U.S. would be a more engaged and predictable partner to allies following four years of Donald Trump’s “America First.”
But in the beginning of his presidency, he frustrated his international allies and provided fodder to his Republican critics. The U.S.’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan was one of the setbacks, as well as a diplomatic dispute with France over the U.S. plan to arm Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.
The United States considers the Russia-to Germany pipeline a threat for European energy security. It increases Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and allows Russia the power to exert political pressure upon its neighbours. However, imposing sanctions on Germany would have created a new dispute with one the United States’ closest allies.
European allies were also furious at the Biden administration’s restrictions on travel from European Union members because of the coronavirus epidemic. The administration announced that it would lift restrictions on travelers from 33 nations, including those who are members of the EU and China, Iran, South Africa and Brazil.
Some progress was made at the G-20 as the White House announced Saturday the U.S. and European Union had reached an agreement to settle their diplomatic rift over Trump-era steel and aluminum tariffs.
The tariffs were imposed on national security grounds, and resulted in retaliatory taxes from the EU. They won’t be entirely removed. The U.S. will allow some European steel and aluminum to enter without tariffs, and any retaliatory tariffs imposed by the EU will cease.
While prospects for the largest-ever U.S. climate investment are improving, delays in getting there have only reinforced the indecisiveness of American policy. It is clear that one president’s priorities can be reversed.
If Congress fails to pass legislation for significant action on climate by the United States itself, “it would be like President Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement, again,” U.S. climate envoy and former secretary of state John Kerry told the AP earlier this month.
House Democrats met in closed-door sessions with Biden just hours before his departure to Rome , House speaker Nancy Pelosi invoked President Obama’s visit as she attempted to rally Democratic votes for the $1 trillion infrastructure package.
“When the president gets off that plane we want him to have a vote of confidence from this Congress,” she said. She referred to conversations she had with world leaders about whether American democracy is capable of delivering.
On Saturday he huddled with Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron in to discuss the Iran deal strategy. This four-way meeting was intended to be a contrast to the Trump administration’s Iran nuclear issue, which was one of the most contentious issues between the U.S. government and Europe.
Biden also met individually with Macron on Friday, part of an attempt to move past a separate row over a secret U.S.-U.K. deal to sell nuclear-powered submarines to Australia that cost France tens of billions of dollars by ending its own planned submarine sale to the ally.
” “This is for me the beginning of a trust-building process, of confidence which we are building together,” Macron said to Biden .
William Howell is a University of Chicago political science professor. He said Biden ‘s challenges says less about his abilities or domestic support for his Agenda and more about the current state of American politics.
” The pervasive gridlock and polarization that characterize our national political system will… give foreign officials some pause before entering long-term, expensive agreements with us,” Howell stated.
The president achieved a global agreement to create a global minimum income tax for corporations. This long-awaited move was intended to stop companies from shifting their profits offshore to avoid tax havens. But the legislation implementing it in the U.S. is part of the broader package of legislation that hasn’t yet passed Congress.
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