Biden Heads Overseas to Rally European Partners

Headline Roundup June 9th, 2021

On Wednesday, Joe Biden embarked on his first foreign trip as president to unite European partners and other democratic nations in the fight against a global rise in authoritarianism. He will meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday, with G-7 leaders for the group's summit over the weekend, and then with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The trip comes just after his bipartisan effort to forge an infrastructure deal with Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) failed, along with the announcement by Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) that he would not vote to outlaw filibuster rules or to pass a large voting rights bill.

Biden Heads Overseas to Rally European Partners

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Joe Biden embarked Wednesday on his first foreign trip as president, an eight-day swing across Europe that will give him a chance to shore up frayed alliances with U.S. allies and meet face to face with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid rising tensions with Moscow.

He’ll also get to enjoy one of the perks of the presidency: a visit with Queen Elizabeth II.

Biden, who has been on the world stage for nearly five decades as senator, vice president and now president, has hosted the leaders of Japan and South Korea at the White House since taking office Jan....

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ANALYSIS

Joe Biden is heading abroad, just at the moment when his hopes for a historic legislative legacy at home seem headed for a wall.

For all the talk among Democrats of Biden assembling a Rooseveltian legacy, the moment was always going to come when his vast political agenda would hit the blockade of Washington's uncompromising political math.

Recent days have chastened Democrats who dreamed of using what may be a brief two-year window of congressional power to forge the most fundamental economic and political change for a generation.

Biden had a strong start...

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President Biden embarked on his first trip overseas since taking office Wednesday, a journey in which he will meet with G-7 and NATO allies to discuss ways to address the coronavirus pandemic and an increasingly aggressive China and Russia.

Biden departed Joint Base Andrews in Maryland Wednesday morning is set to arrive in the United Kingdom Wednesday night local time. His first order of business will be a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday, before joining G-7 leaders for the group's summit over the weekend.

Biden is also expected...

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