This week, President Joe Biden signaled his intent to reconnect and strengthen ties with U.S. allies across the pond in Europe and resume a position of global leadership. Biden seeks to break with the policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump, who often stood his ground on “America First” policies that resulted in bitter transatlantic disputes.
Biden announced he would be stopping the withdrawal of troops stationed in Germany that Trump had originally put into motion. Biden stated these troops’ presence is critical to securing European defenses in the face of Russian cybersecurity attempts to destabilize Europe. Biden named Russia’s leader in the manner, though by last name only. He also voiced his support for NATO and its commitment to collective defense of the continent, which Trump often appeared reluctant to support.
It remains to be seen whether these attempts to reestablish connections with European leaders will yield fruitful results. Particularly in the wake of the January 6th insurrection at the US Capitol, which European leaders point to as evidence of deeply rooted division within the United States that cannot be so quickly forgotten nor overcome.
Nonetheless, Biden made his case that the United States would be back at the table and there to support transatlantic ties for the foreseeable future.