Former Vice President Joe Biden is now using the same Trump slogans he trashed during the election.
Throughout his 2020 campaign, former Vice President Biden attacked President Trump’s “America First” policy, now he loves it.
During an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman Biden was quoted saying, “We’re Going to Fight Like Hell by Investing in America First.”
When dealing with China, Biden concluded, it is all about “leverage,” and “in my view, we don’t have it yet.” Part of generating more leverage, though, is developing a bipartisan consensus at home for some good old American industrial policy — massive, government-led investments in American research and development, infrastructure and education to better compete with China — and not just complain about it. Both Democratic and Republican senators have draft bills calling for such a strategy. The U.S. semiconductor industry in particular has been lobbying for such an approach.
“I want to make sure we’re going to fight like hell by investing in America first,” said Biden. He ticked off energy, biotech, advanced materials and artificial intelligence as areas ripe for large-scale government investment in research. “I’m not going to enter any new trade agreement with anybody until we have made major investments here at home and in our workers” and in education, he said.
Should Biden win the 2020 Presidential election the team he’s planning to install has attacked “America First.”
Just over a month ago, CNN gleefully reported how Biden “plans to undo Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy and return the US to the world stage.”
Biden’s goals share a common theme that breaks sharply with President Donald Trump’s isolationist approach: rebuilding alliances, a strategy meant to repair frayed US international ties and reflect his belief that America’s toughest challenges, including the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic, require international cooperation and coordination.
“Trump’s ‘America First’ has been ‘America Alone,'” said Brian McKeon, a Biden foreign policy adviser and a former White House and Pentagon adviser in the Obama administration. “On his first day in office, [Biden] will get on the phone to key allies and say that America is back and America has your back.”
Biden is in for a rude awakening, stealing Trump’s slogans are empty words. Letting our Allies not pay their NATO dues, joining the climate accords, letting China run all over us, and renegotiating with Iran is not putting “American First.”