Biden declares to allies: 'America is back'

President Joe Biden used his first address before a global audience - the Munich Security Conference - to declare that "America is back” after four years of a Trump administration that flaunted its foreign policy through an “America First” lens. (Feb. 19)

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JOE BIDEN: America is back. I speak today as president of the United States at the very start of my administration, and I'm sending a clear message to the world. America is back. The transatlantic alliance is back, and we are not looking backward. We are looking forward together.

I know. I know the past few years have strained and tested our transatlantic relationship, but the United States is determined, determined to re-engage with Europe to consult with you, to earn back our position of trust and leadership.

Our partnerships have endured and grown through the years because they are rooted in the richness of our shared Democratic values. They're not transactional. They're not extractive. They're built on a vision of a future where every voice matters, where the rights of all are protected, and the rule of law is upheld.

And I believe that every ounce of my being that democracy will and must prevail. We must demonstrate that democracy can still deliver for our people in this changed world. That, in my view, is our galvanizing mission. Democracy doesn't happen by accident. 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.