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President Biden has accused former President Donald Trump of causing harm on the international stage, saying he had to pick up the pieces from the previous administration.
The president was in Pennsylvania addressing the AFL-CIO at the labor organization’s quadrennial constitutional convention on Tuesday when he included some pointed words addressed to his predecessor.
“I travel the world trying to put things right. You know, Trump didn’t leave a very good situation,” Biden said. “Do you think I’m kidding? It doesn’t matter where I go in the world, whether it’s the Inter-American Conference that we just had for this hemisphere, or NATO, or dealing with ASEAN countries, or the Far East, guess what? They look at me and I say, I say, ‘America is back.’ And they look at me, and they say, ‘For how long?'”
Biden made the remarks at a pivotal time in his presidency for international politics. The president has just returned from a trip to Asia that included meetings with leaders from Japan, South Korea, India and Australia. A remark on that trip caused tension with China, when Biden said he would take military action to defend Taiwan if China invaded. The White House quickly backtracked on the comment.
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Now Biden is preparing for a trip to the Middle East where he will visit Israel and Saudi Arabia, meeting with the leaders of those nations, other Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority. A senior administration official has stressed the strategic importance of a U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia, though Biden said during his presidential campaign he would make it a “pariah.”
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Meanwhile, the president and his administration have been criticized for failing to dissuade Russia from invading Ukraine and for a withdrawal from Afghanistan that allowed the Taliban to immediately regain control of the country while the Americans were left behind. for account trying to get home.
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