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Biden signals diplomacy shift in first address on world stage

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In his first virtual foreign address, President Biden sought to mend relations with U.S. allies. His remarks came the same day the U.S. reentered the Paris climate agreement. Nancy Cordes reports.

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NORAH O'DONNELL: President Biden delivered a strong message to world leaders today, declaring that America's transatlantic alliance is back in business. He appeared by video link, delivering his first major international address since taking office. Here's CBS's Nancy Cordes.

JOE BIDEN: America is back.

NANCY CORDES: In his first virtual foreign address, President Biden made this vow to European partners.

JOE BIDEN: An attack on one is an attack on all.

NANCY CORDES: He said the Trump era had strained the transatlantic alliance.

DONALD TRUMP: Many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money.

NANCY CORDES: And he promised to begin mending fences.

JOE BIDEN: The United States is determined to earn back our position of trust and leadership.

NANCY CORDES: As proof, he pledged $4 billion to COVAX, the global vaccine initiative. And the US officially rejoined the Paris Climate agreement today, a move hailed by US allies.

BORIS JOHNSON: And it's great, by the way, that Joe has brought the United States back into the Paris Climate Change Accords.

NANCY CORDES: Mr. Biden took a tough stance on Russia today, accusing it of undermining democracy itself.

JOE BIDEN: That's why addressing recklessness-- Russian recklessness and hacking into computer networks in the United States and across Europe and the world has become critical to protecting our collective security.

NANCY CORDES: Tonight, President Biden is standing by his embattled pick for White House budget director, Neera Tanden, after a Democrat, Joe Manchin, announced he would vote against her because some of her past partisan tweets he thought would be toxic. Mr. Biden says they'll find the votes, but in a 50-50 Senate, Norah, that won't be easy.

NORAH O'DONNELL: All right. Nancy Cordes at the White House, thank you.