Biden's Global Promises Hindered By GOP, Manchin
Soon after assuming office, President Joe Biden went to State Department headquarters to reassure the rest of the world that the United States could be relied on again after four years of Donald Trump's bull in a china shop foreign policy. "America is back," Biden declared, in what has become a catchphrase.
Photo Insert: Domestic politics have consistently proven an obstacle when it comes to taking action on climate change, taxation, and pandemic relief, undermining hopes that Biden might quickly restore the United States to its undisputed place as a global leader.
However, maintaining his pledges on the international stage has been far more difficult than Biden could have anticipated.
Domestic politics have consistently proven an obstacle when it comes to taking action on climate change, taxation, and pandemic relief, undermining hopes that Biden might quickly restore the United States to its undisputed place as a global leader, Chris Megerian, Fatima Hussein and Ellen Knickmeyer for the Associated Press (AP) reported.
As a result, the administration is struggling to maintain its reputation abroad, while Biden wages a defensive battle on Capitol Hill. It's simply more difficult for him to encourage other countries to do more to address cross-border concerns when he's failing to manage the same issues at home.
“Every new thing takes a little bit of the luster off, and contributes to a sense of a struggling president,” said Michael O'Hanlon, director of research for international policy at the Brookings Institution.
Biden has garnered praise for orchestrating an international response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and the United States has distributed more coronavirus vaccines around the world than any other country.
According to Adrienne Watson, a National Security Council spokesperson, Biden “has restored our alliances, including our essential partnership with Europe, built new platforms and institutions in some of the most relevant regions of the world,” including the Indo-Pacific, and demonstrated leadership on "the issues that matter the most."
However, when it comes to securing congressional support, his foreign policy record is much more checkered.
Although he has obtained about $54 billion in military and financial support for Ukraine — a historic amount delivered with "unprecedented speed," according to Watson — Republicans continue to reject many of his efforts, and Biden has been hampered by Democratic disputes.