President Joe Biden is working to replace former President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda with its complete opposite — globalism.
Biden announced this intention in remarks on diplomacy to State Department employees on Thursday afternoon.
“We must meet the new moment — accelerating global challenges — from the pandemic to the climate crisis to nuclear proliferation — challenging the will only to be solved by nations working together and in common,” Biden said. “We can’t do it alone.”
He continued: “That must be this — we must start with diplomacy rooted in America’s most cherished democratic values: defending freedom, championing opportunity, upholding universal rights, respecting the rule of law, and treating every person with dignity. That’s the grounding wire of our global policy — our global power. That’s our inexhaustible source of strength. That’s America’s abiding advantage.”
In another part of his speech, Biden spoke about “rebuilding” America’s relationship with “many of our closest allies,” including Canada, Mexico, the UK, Germany, France, NATO, Japan, South Korea and Australia. The president claimed that Trump hurt these alliances with policies of “neglect” and “abuse.”
He also spoke about the approach his administration will take with some of America’s enemies, including Russia and China.
“I made it clear to President Putin in a manner very different from my predecessor that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions interfering with our elections, cyberattacks, poisoning its citizens are over,” Biden said.
However, Biden took a more vague, non-confrontational approach toward China, simply saying, “We’ll confront China’s economic abuses, counter its aggressive coercive action to push back on China’s attack on human rights, intellectual property, and global governance.”
During his presidency, Trump chose domestic and foreign policies with the intention of putting America’s citizens first.
The Democratic agenda of the Obama administration that pursued globalist interests was abandoned because, in the view of the Trump administration, it left America weak and Americans abandoned.
The Biden administration, however, is challenging that assumption.
In his speech, Biden claimed that he will pursue these globalist policies because “it is in our own naked self-interest.”