Biden claims he formed the Quad alliance, stealing credit from Trump and the late Shinzo Abe

 May 22, 2023

President Biden incorrectly took credit for establishing the Quad security alliance during the G7 summit in Hiroshima this weekend.

"I doubt many people…would’ve said that two years after being elected, I’d be able to convince India, Australia, Japan, and the United States to form an organization called the Quad," Biden said.

Biden was off by more than a decade. The Quad was formed in 2007 between the U.S., Australia, India, and Japan, and it was the late Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe who came up with the idea.

The informal alliance ended shortly after its initial formation and was not re-established until 2017 by President Trump, who made countering China's rise a major priority.

Biden takes credit

Essentially, Biden was trying to take credit for the more aggressive anti-China policy pioneered by Trump, the first U.S. president to take China's modern rise seriously, and Abe, an influential China hawk who got along famously with Trump.

Abe, of course, was tragically assassinated last year, so Biden was also taking credit from a dead man.

"A great deal of the future of our world is going to be written here in the Indo-Pacific, and together I think that we're going to continue to ensure that the future provides more opportunity, prosperity and stability," Biden said. 

Biden had initially planned to meet with Quad leaders at a summit in Australia, but it was cancelled after Biden changed his travel plans to continue negotiating the debt ceiling with House Republicans in Washington.

Is he lying?

Biden has a long history of making audaciously false, exaggerated, often outlandish claims. For years, he persisted in claiming to have been arrested trying to meet Nelson Mandela.

While running for president in the 1980s, Biden claimed to have graduated at the top of his law school class, despite barely skating through.

As a president, Biden has regularly taken credit for deficit cuts that he had nothing to do with, among other dubious boasts.

Granted, it's sometimes hard to tell these days when he's being malicious and when he's just confused. Not exactly the most reassuring quality in a president.

Despite his tough talk on global security, the world has become markedly unstable on his watch, from the U.S. southern border to Ukraine and the South China Sea.

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