Plymouth, England (Washington Insider Magazine) – As President Joe Biden landed in the United Kingdom, his first attempt on Wednesday was to send a message to the world: “America will resume its leadership role, recommit to global alliances, and push democracy over the rise of authoritarianism. At every point along the way, we are going to make it clear that the United States is back….”
President Biden never mentioned the name of Donald Trump in his initial remarks on Wednesday; however, he did differentiate himself from Trump’s “isolationist approach that angered and shocked U.S. allies over the course of four years.” Biden declared, “We’re committed to leading with strength, defending our values, delivering for our people.”
Biden spoke for 20 minutes to 1,000 service members in England at the Royal Base Mildenhall. He spoke of our allies having strength “in the face of challenges from Russia and China.” Biden’s plan is to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week “to let him know what I want him to know.”
Biden reminded England that we are all taking actions to combat the pandemic as well as trying to curb the climate change. In addition, we must all protect ourselves from “the growing threat of ransomware attacks…and the autocrats who are letting it happen.”
As other nations are hoping for help from the United States in concern to the pandemic, the U.S. confirmed that “it is buying 500 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to share with the world.”
Biden said, “There’s no wall high enough to keep us safe from this pandemic.” National security adviser, Jake Sullivan, reported on Wednesday on Air Force One that “Biden is sharing vaccines because it is helpful for the health of the U.S.”
Sullivan also said that Biden had proclaimed that the U.S. was the “arsenal of democracy” during WWII, and now we are the “arsenal of vaccines” during this pandemic.
Biden seemed happy to have the applause at Mildenhall, and he spoke about his late son, Beau, who did service in Iraq.
“Mildenhall is home to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, the only permanent U.S. Air Force air refueling wing in Europe.” Inside the hanger hung both the U.S. flag as well as the British flag. A military band played for Biden’s appearance. Spectators had been gathering for days, waiting for a glimpse of President Biden.