- Oops!Something went wrong.Please try again later.
President Joe Biden opened the first overseas trip of his term Wednesday with a declaration that “the United States is back” as he seeks to reassert the nation on the world stage and steady European allies deeply shaken by his predecessor. (June 9)
JOE BIDEN: Please, that is. I keep forgetting I'm President.
I'm so proud to be here with all of you to kick off my first overseas trip as President. I'm heading to the G-7, then to the NATO ministerial, and then to meet with Mr. Putin to let him know what I want him to know.
And at every point along the way, we're going to make it clear that the United States is back, and democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges and the issues that matter most to our future. That we're committed to leading with strength, defending our values, and delivering for our people. And only after these meetings with our closest Democratic partners to develop a common agenda and renewed purpose, I'll travel to Geneva to sit down with the man I've spent time with before, President Vladimir Putin.
We're not seeking conflict with Russia. We want a stable predictable relationship. Our two nations share incredible responsibilities and among them, ensuring strategic stability and upholding arms control agreements.
I take that responsibility seriously. But I've been clear, the United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way when the Russian government engages in harmful activities. We've already demonstrated that.
I'm going to communicate that there are consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies in the United States in Europe and elsewhere. I'm going to be clear that the transatlantic alliance will remain vital, a vital source of strength for the UK, Europe, and the United States. And I'll make sure there's no doubt as whether the United States will rise in defense of our most deeply held values and our fundamental interest.