Seeking a sharp break from the "America First" policies of his predecessor — which often manifested in bitter disagreements, escalating trade wars and rejection of the systems established to prevent conflict — President Joe Biden on Friday reaffirmed the US position of global leadership, the power of its alliances and the resilience of democracy in the United States and abroad.
He made passing reference to Iran, saying the US was ready to reengage in negotiations on the nuclear deal, but did not provide a timeline. And while he said the US remained committed to ensuring Afghanistan does not again become a safe haven for terrorists, he did not outline plans for a US troop withdrawal.
Instead, his remarks were meant as a broad statement of support for US-Europe ties after four years in the wilderness.
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