Headline RoundupJuly 9th, 2024

Why the NATO Summit is a Big Moment for Biden

Summary from the AllSides News Team

NATO is holding its 75th annual summit in Washington D.C. this week, drawing media commentary on the optics for President Biden amidst domestic political turmoil.

Western Ailment: An analysis from Stephen Collinson of CNN (Lean Left bias) concluded that while Biden’s every move will be under intense scrutiny domestically, his perception by world leaders and overseas audiences will be just as important. Collinson noted former President Trump’s recently rocky relationship with NATO and skepticism of support for Ukraine as to why Biden’s condition is not only an American problem now but one for the entire West.

Officials’ Sentiments: A report from The Wall Street Journal (Center bias) included comments from several officials, including U.S. Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith, who said she had no concerns about Biden’s performance at the upcoming summit, saying that during a briefing, the President “ended up peppering me with loads of questions that were tough to answer.” The Journal noted that in a July 5 press conference, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg “dodged repeated questions about Biden’s health and abilities.”

Adversarial Ammo: Charlotte Lawson of The Dispatch (Lean Right bias) noted in an analysis how state media from U.S. adversaries like Iran, Russia, and China were able to use Biden’s poor debate performance to advance the agendas of their respective sponsor states. Lawson noted how European leaders standing with Ukraine do not want another Trump term and that Biden “needs to be up to the task of reassuring the” NATO alliance.

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