Report: Biden admin. to move away from unilateral sanctions approach to foreign policy

President Joe Biden is overhauling former President Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy.

The Wall Street Journal just released a report suggesting what Biden’s approach to foreign policy is going to look like, and it can probably best be summed up by the word “soft.” 

To put the Wall Street Journal’s report into context, the Biden administration is said to be currently re-evaluating the use of sanctions in U.S. foreign policy. The administration is expected to complete that review by the end of the summer, and then the administration is expected to adopt a new approach.

The Wall Street Journal spoke with Biden administration officials, and those officials provided a preview of what the new approach is going to look like.

A key feature

According to the Wall Street Journal, what we can expect, in general, is a move away from the sort of unilateral sanctions imposed that have in the past been imposed by the U.S. on various regimes.

“Our focus is on making sure that we’re moving from unilateral action, which has been what has defined U.S. policy over the last four years, to really working with our partners,” one administration official told the Wall Street Journal. 

An example of this, which is already taking place, is with regard to Iran. Trump had removed the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal and replaced it with economic sanctions. Biden and his administration, however, have offered to ease those sanctions in order to try to reach a deal that would see both Iran and the U.S. return to that deal.

Another example is with regard to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Existing U.S. policy would have dictated the Biden administration to impose sanctions on Russia. But, Biden chose not to do so.

This is the sort of approach that, based on the Wall Street Journal’s report, we are likely to see more of.

The problem

As Republicans are already pointing out, this sort of approach doesn’t work.

Here’s Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) response to the Wall Street Journal’s report:

https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1412141770310225926?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1412141770310225926%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fdailycaller.com%2F2021%2F07%2F05%2Fjoe-biden-sanctions-russia-iran-north-korea-venezuela%2F

According to the Daily Caller, former Trump administration officials told the Wall Street Journal that Biden and his administration, with this approach, are wasting the progress made against the likes of North Korea and Iran. The Trump officials also warned that, in the Daily Caller’s words, “relying on international partners and waiting to reach multilateral agreements can undermine U.S. national security.”

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