Biden’s First Overseas Trip

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine)  –  President Joe Biden is ready to embark on his first overseas trip which started on Wednesday. Biden wants to put the United States on the map again since our European allies were “deeply shaken by his predecessor.”

It will be an eight-day trip. One thing that Biden wishes to demonstrate is that the U.S. “can compete economically with China as the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.”

Biden also wants to make clear that the U.S. is a “dependable partner to thwart Moscow’s aggression.” This would be on their eastern front as well as on the internet. Biden’s last stop will be with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Biden – who left on Wednesday – said that the “trip will be far more about messaging than about specific actions or deals.”

Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to Biden, said, “The trip, at its core, will advance the fundamental thrust of Joe Biden’s foreign policy to rally the world’s democracies to tackle the great challenges of our time.”

Biden has many things to do on this trip. He meets face-to-face with Putin in Geneva and wishes to privately pressure him on several topics. Biden wants to discuss the cybersecurity attacks as well as the jailing of Alexei Navalny – who was an opposition leader. He also wants to discuss Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential elections.

Biden will be proud to finally step off Air Force One in an international country and be the commander-in-chief of America. He traveled the world for years as vice president and also as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 

Biden wrote to the Washington Post, “In this moment of global uncertainty, as the world still grapples with a once-in-a-century pandemic, this trip is about realizing America’s renewed committee to our allies and partners, and demonstrating the capacity of democracies to both meet the challenges and deter the threats of this new age.”

Biden’s first stop on Wednesday will be in Britain to speak to the U.S. troops stationed there, and then on Thursday, he will meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain and French President Emmanuel Macron. Biden will then continue on to Brussels for a NATO meeting as well as a meeting with the heads of the European Union. Of course, another central focus on this trip will be China.


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