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Before heading to Michigan on Friday, President Joe Biden addressed world leaders at two major conferences and laid out America's new vision on foreign policy. The president aimed to draw a clean break from his predecessor and called for global cooperation to face multiple challenges; Natalie Brand reports for CBS2.
- Well, before heading to Michigan this morning, President Biden did address world leaders at two major conferences and also laid out America's new vision on foreign policy.
- He aimed to make a clean break from his predecessor and called for global cooperation for multiple challenges. CBS2's Natalie Brand has the story from Washington.
NATALIE BRAND: President Biden says the US is stepping away from the previous administration's America first policies.
JOE BIDEN: I'm sending a clear message to the world. America is back.
NATALIE BRAND: The US will provide $4 billion to deliver COVID vaccines to poor nations. The money comes from funds Congress has already appropriated for international vaccination efforts. The White House says this will not impact the ability to vaccinate Americans.
JOE BIDEN: This is a global existential crisis, and we'll all suffer, we'll all suffer the consequences if we fail.
NATALIE BRAND: Today is also the day the US officially rejoins the Paris Climate Agreement which former President Trump pulled out of in 2017. John Kerry, President Biden's climate envoy, says the Paris Agreement alone is not enough to achieve the goals.
JOHN KERRY: To be able to reach the goal by 2050 or before, a big net zero carbon.
NATALIE BRAND: President Biden also says he welcomes competition with China but will push back on Chinese economic abuses, and the president is calling out Russia over its attacks on democracy, urging world leaders to work together to combat aggression from Moscow.
JOE BIDEN: [? It ?] is so much easier for the Kremlin to bully and threaten individual states than it is to negotiate with a strong and closely United transatlantic community.
NATALIE BRAND: The Biden administration also announced it's willing to join European nations to restart talks with Iran over the nuclear agreement the Trump administration withdrew from in 2018. Natalie Brand, CBS News, Washington.
- And the State Department says if Iran is willing to abide by the agreement, the US will as well. However, it added this is an opportunity to strengthen the agreement and address some concerns over Iran's nuclear and missile programs.