WASHINGTON: Asserting a large reset in American foreign policy, US President Joe Biden said Thursday that he will postpone the removal of troops deployed in Germany, end funding for the military offensive of Saudi Arabia in Yemen, and make diplomacy a pillar of support for LGBTQ rights.
With respect to ties with Moscow, President Biden said he had warned President Vladimir Putin that the US would no longer “roll over in the face of aggressive actions by Russia.”
In his first big policy speech at the State Department, Biden said, “We will not hesitate to raise costs for Russia and defend our vital interests and our people.”
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In a way somewhat different from my predecessor, I made it known to President Putin that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of hostile acts by Russia, meddling in our elections, cyber threats, poisoning its people are over,” he said.”
In his first major policy speech, the president said he’d end support for Riyadh in Yemen and halt troop pullout from Germany
Biden called for a return to the “grounding wire of our global power” in his first visit to the State Department as president.
‘America is back’
He tried to buck the diplo-matic corps, many of which were discouraged by former President Donald Trump’s policies and tone.
“America has returned. “Diplo-macy is back,” Biden told the State Department employees in quick remarks. You are the core of everything I want to do. At the heart of it is you. We will reconstruct our alliances.
The president called on the military of Myanmar to “abandon power” and free the government officials and activists arrested in the coup this week.
“There can be no doubt: force should never seek to overrule the will of the people in a democracy or try to erase the result of a credible election,” said Biden.
With Biden’s most public diplomatic initiative of his young presidency, White House officials said he was aiming to give the world an unambiguous signal that after four years in which Trump pressed an America First policy, the United States was able to regain its position as a global power.
Last year, amid Congressional opposition, Trump unveiled plans to redeploy approximately 9,500 of the approximately 34,500 U.S. soldiers deployed in Germany, which hosts important U.S. military bases such as the Ramstein Air Base and the European Command and U.S. Africa Command Headquarters.