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President Biden begins first overseas trip of his term

Jun 09, 2021

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first overseas trip of his term, President Joe Biden is eager to reassert the United States on the world stage, steadying European allies deeply shaken by his predecessor and pushing democracy as the only bulwark to rising forces of authoritarianism.

Biden has set the stakes for his eight-day trip in sweeping terms, believing that the West must publicly demonstrate it can compete economically with China as the world emerges from the Covid crisis.

Building toward his trip-ending summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden will aim to reassure European capitals that the United States can once again be counted on as a dependable partner to thwart Moscow’s aggression both on their eastern front and their internet battlefields.

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Gwen Baumgardner: RIGHT NOW —  PRESIDENT BIDEN IS HEADED ACROSS THE POND AHEAD OF THE G-7 SUMMIT.

THIS IS VIDEO OF BIDEN DEPARTING FOR THE U-K THIS MORNING.

ITS THE FIRST LEG OF AN 8-DAY TRIP OVERSEAS — HIS FIRST AS PRESIDENT.

AT THE G-7 — BIDEN IS EXPECTED TO WORK WITH ALLIES ON THEIR COVID RESPONSE — DEVELOP AN INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY TO COMPETE ECONOMICALLY WITH CHINA — AND ADDRESS GLOBAL WARMING.

BUT THE BIG HEADLINE OF THE TRIP — WILL COME *AFTER THE G-7.

BIDEN WILL SIT DOWN WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADAMIR PUTIN IN GENEVA.

THIS PHOTO — FROM WHEN THE TWO MET BACK IN 20-11 — WHEN BIDEN WAS V-P.

AND THIS IS A LOOK AT WHERE THE TWO WILL MEET.

BIDEN IS EXPECTED TO PUT PRESSURE ON PUTIN TO STOP CYBERSECURITY ATTACKS ON AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND REPEATED EFFORTS BY THE KREMLIN TO INTERFERE IN U-S ELECTIONS.