US President Joe Biden on Monday delivered a powerful message of support for Nato as the cornerstone of Western security, telling fellow leaders at a summit in Brussels that the United States had a “sacred obligation” to its allies. Mr Biden was keen to reassure Nato after the tumultuous presidency of his predecessor Donald Trump, who openly suggested the US could pull out of the 30-nation alliance, calling it “obsolete”, and branded some members “delinquent” because they did not spend enough of their budgets on defence.
Nato leaders say China poses a constant security challenge, is trying to undermine world order and is working on nuclear missile development at a worrying pace. In a summit statement, the leaders said that China’s goals and “assertive behaviour present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to alliance security”.
Good morning. Joe Biden is expected to use a Nato summit in Brussels on Monday – his first as president and the first since the start of the pandemic – to atone for the damage of the Trump years and to address the security challenge from China. In a big week for US diplomacy, he will then attend a bilateral summit in Switzerland with the Russian president on Wednesday.
The communique detailed plans for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus in China and raised concerns over abuses against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. "We also call for a timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based WHO-convened Phase 2 COVID-19 Origins study including, as recommended by the experts' report, in China," the G7 said.
It took most of his term for former President Trump to grudgingly acknowledge the most fundamental tenet of the NATO transatlantic bond: An attack on one is an attack on all, and all will join in the defense of one. Into that sense of unease stepped President Biden on Monday.
Long a fixture at international summits, Biden's return to the table represented more than just an elder statesman finally taking his place among the club of world leaders. For the White House, it also signaled a return of the United States to the type of consensus-based diplomacy shunned by former President Donald Trump.
The Group of Seven leaders on Sunday pledged to work together to tackle carbon leakage, weeks before the European Union is due to propose a world-first plan to impose CO2 emission costs on imports of certain polluting goods. As large emitters such as the EU wrestle with how to meet targets to cut CO2 emissions drastically and quickly, concerns are rising about so-called carbon leakage - the risk that tough climate policies could cause companies to relocate to regions where they can continue to pollute cheaply.
President Biden pressed allies in other leading democracies on Saturday to work together to combat China’s growing global influence over developing countries. The centerpiece of the effort is an "infrastructure bank" to offer those nations billions in public and private financing for major projects, offering an alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative that has dramatically increased the autocracy's sway in dozens of smaller countries across the globe.
Global leaders arriving in Cornwall for the G7 summit have already found themselves in a changed world: masks and social distancing have replaced the usual hugs, handshakes and cheek-pecking, the entourages have slimmed down, and the usual media circus has been muted, with protesters having to content themselves with writing sand messages on the beach.
The international image of the United States has improved following the election of Democrat Joe Biden but concerns remain over the health of American democracy, according to a survey published on Thursday. The Pew Research Center report, which surveyed the publics in 16 nations, was released as Biden was in Europe on his first overseas trip as president.
President Joe Biden wants to convey a clear and self-confirming message when he is in Europe this week on his first foreign trip: America, as you knew and mostly loved it, is back. More than 6 in 10 residents in each of the 16 countries surveyed said they have confidence in Biden to do the right thing on global affairs.
Leaders at the G7 summit will call for a new, transparent investigation by the World Health Organization into the origins of the coronavirus, according to a leaked draft communique for the meeting. The call was initiated by Joe Biden’s administration and follows the US president’s surprise decision to expand an investigation by the country’s intelligence agencies into the origins of the pandemic.
Pair to look at lifting travel restrictions between US and UK Talks on bipartisan infrastructure deal remain at impasse G7 leaders to call for fresh Covid investigation, leaked memo suggests LIVE Updated Show A lot has been hyped about bipartisanship this week. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said “the era of bipartisanship is over”, with every bill the Democrats have introduced in June including something he said Republicans could not support.
US official says he is 'uncomfortable' with praise from Trump for report that he did not order police to violently clear protestors for his Bible photo opp
Trump claimed a report on the aggressive clearance of Lafayette Park last exonerated him. Trump was accused of having police violently clear the park to stage a photo-op with a Bible. But the report's author, the Interior Department IG, rejected Trump's attempt to praise him.
The US has reached an agreement with Pfizer to buy 500m doses of their coronavirus vaccine to distribute to nearly 100 countries around the world, as the centrepiece of Joe Biden’s initiative to help vaccinate the world against Covid-19, according to US reports. Under to the scheme, which Biden is expected to announce in the UK on Thursday, the US would pay for the vaccines at cost price.
Is there any reason to think that such a scenario wouldn’t play out that way? It’s true that a delay of up to two years on filling a Breyer seat would be longer than the delay in filling Scalia’s seat, which went nine months between his death and the election of Donald Trump, who eventually replaced him with Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Jared Kushner reportedly wants 'a simpler relationship' with Trump and has 'mostly dropped out' of orbit of ex-campaign advisors: NYT
While former Trump campaign managers Bill Stepien and Brad Parscale are still tied into Trumpworld, Kushner, who is married to the former president's oldest daughter, Ivanka, has stepped back. According to The Times, Kushner "wants to focus on writing his book and establishing a simpler relationship" with the former president.
The new president, speaking from the spot where just two weeks earlier a pro-Trump mob had stormed the US Capitol, promised that the worst was over in a battered, bruised yet resilient Washington. With Republicans still in thrall to Trump and odds-on to win control of the House of Representatives next year, there are growing fears that his presidency was less a historical blip than a harbinger of systemic decline.
If Donald Trump’s inaugural address can be summed up in two words – “American carnage” – Joe Biden’s might be remembered for three: “Democracy has prevailed.” The new president, speaking from the spot where just two weeks earlier a pro-Trump mob had stormed the US Capitol, promised that the worst was over in a battered, bruised yet resilient Washington.
The administration of President Joe Biden on Friday announced it would restore protections under the Endangered Species Act, a law credited with saving iconic animals like the gray wolf and bald eagle, which were loosened by his predecessor Donald Trump. Conservation groups welcomed the move but said they were concerned about how long the reversal might take.