Munich Security Conference: Critics say Biden’s speech distances U.S. from ‘America First’ policies
UPDATED 4:05 PM PT – Saturday, February 20, 2021
The Biden administration vowed to end ‘America First’ policies put in place by President Trump. Joe Biden spoke to G7 leaders at the virtual Munich Security Conference on Friday and outlined his foreign policy goals, which seemingly favored the globalist agenda.
Throughout his speech, Biden reinforced the alliance between the U.S. and Europe. He said the United States will “work in lockstep with allies and partners.”
“The transatlantic alliance is back and we are not looking backward,” Biden said. “We are looking forward together. It comes down to this: The transatlantic alliance is a strong foundation, the strong foundation on which our collective security and our shared prosperity are built.”
While discussing China, Biden gave a mixed message by saying he welcomed the competition. He later added the U.S. and its allies must fight against China’s abuses within the global economic system. Biden stated:
“Competition with China is going to be stiff. That’s what I expect and that’s what I welcome because I believe in the global system. Europe and the United States, together with our allies in the Indo-Pacific, worked so hard to build over the last 70 years. We have to push back against the Chinese government’s economic abuses and coercion that undercut the foundations of the international economic system.”
He also claimed the U.S. and its European allies must come together to protect the”free exchange of ideas in open democratic societies.”
Richard Grenell, a former intelligence official under the Trump administration, took to Twitter to comment on Biden’s speech. He claimed “Biden’s America will not be first.”
Biden says America will not be First. https://t.co/EZKSoKq13i
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) February 19, 2021
The Trump administration was known for prioritizing the U.S., which often involved ending partnerships the administration considered harmful to the nation.