JOE Biden touched down in the UK this afternoon for his first international trip as president, with the G7 summit, a meeting with Queen Elizabeth, and tense talks with Vladimir Putin on the horizon.
Biden has set the stakes for his eight-day trip in sweeping terms, believing that the West must publicly demonstrate it can compete economically with China as the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.
The trip will be far more about messaging than specific actions or deals.
The paramount priority for Biden, left on Wednesday for his first stop in the United Kingdom, is to convince the world that his Democratic administration is not just a fleeting deviation in the trajectory of an American foreign policy.
Many of America’s allies fear the USA has irrevocably drifted toward a more transactional outlook under former President Donald Trump.
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