US President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in foreign policy

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US President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in foreign policy

Biden vowed to reset Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policy and focus on international diplomacy. How has he fared?

US President Joe Biden will mark his first 100 days in office on Thursday [File: Patrick Semansky/AP Photo]
US President Joe Biden will mark his first 100 days in office on Thursday [File: Patrick Semansky/AP Photo]

By Joseph Stepansky29 Apr 2021

United States President Joe Biden took office in January on a promise to trade in the “America first” approach of his predecessor, Donald Trump, for a diplomacy-heavy, human-rights-led foreign policy.

As Biden marks his first 100 days in the White House this week, observers say his administration has taken several steps towards that goal – including re-engaging with a number of international organisations and pressing for multilateral cooperation on global issues, such as climate change.

News|Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in foreign policy

Biden vowed to reset Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policy and focus on international diplomacy. How has he fared?

US President Joe Biden will mark his first 100 days in office on Thursday [File: Patrick Semansky/AP Photo]
US President Joe Biden will mark his first 100 days in office on Thursday [File: Patrick Semansky/AP Photo]

By Joseph Stepansky29 Apr 2021

United States President Joe Biden took office in January on a promise to trade in the “America first” approach of his predecessor, Donald Trump, for a diplomacy-heavy, human-rights-led foreign policy.

As Biden marks his first 100 days in the White House this week, observers say his administration has taken several steps towards that goal – including re-engaging with a number of international organisations and pressing for multilateral cooperation on global issues, such as climate change.KEEP READINGBiden to push G7 on Uighur forced labour in China’s XinjiangBiden says he’d leave US embassy in Jerusalem if electedAntony Blinken to make first virtual visit to Africa

“Biden’s first 100 days pretty much came as advertised,” said PJ Crowley, the former US assistant secretary of state for public affairs under President Barack Obama.

Crowley pointed to the Biden administration’s tough line on China, its efforts to re-engage with Washington’s European allies, and its ongoing negotiations for a return to the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump unilaterally withdrew from in 2018, as examples of the shift.

But while Biden has a wholly different style from Trump, his foreign policy has not been a “wholesale rebuke” of his predecessor, Crowley told Al Jazeera.

That has garnered criticism from segments of the Democratic Party, who have urged Biden to take more progressive stances on a number of issues including US relations with Saudi Arabia, a low US refugee admissions cap, and arms sales to the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

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