Biden's message to world: 'America is back'
- 20 February 2021
"I know the past few years have strained and tested our transatlantic relationship," he said in remarks to attendees of the Munich Security Conference, an annual international security conference typically held in Germany but turned virtual this year. "But the United States is determined -- determined to reengage with Europe, to consult with you, to earn back our position of trust and leadership."
The speech was part of what a senior Biden administration official called "a virtual trip to Europe." Biden also met Friday morning with the leaders of the world's major industrialized nations. In the pair of high-profile engagements, Biden aimed to restore the United States' place on the global stage after what he views as its absence during Trump's years in office.
"Democracy doesn't happen by accident," the president told the security conference. "We have to defend it. Fight for it. Strengthen it. Renew it. We have to prove that our model isn't a relic of history. It’s the single best way to revitalize the promise of our future."
And, he acknowledged, "in so many places, including in Europe and the United States, democratic progress is under assault."
Biden made a case for multilateralism -- in stark contrast to Trump's nationalist policies, which the former president termed "America First."
"I'm sending a clear message to the world," Biden told the security conference. "America is back. The transatlantic alliance is back. And we are not looking backward."