Biden concludes first G-7 as president declaring 'America is back at the table'
By Brett Samuels - 06/13/21 10:41 AM EDT
President Biden on Sunday sounded a triumphant note at the conclusion of the Group of Seven (G-7) summit in the United Kingdom, declaring "America is back at the table" while making thinly veiled swipes at the foreign policy of former President Trump.
"The lack of participation in the past and full engagement was noticed significantly, not only by the leaders of those countries but by the people in the G-7 countries. America is back in the business of leading the world alongside nations who share our most deeply held values," Biden said in opening remarks at a press conference before departing for London to meet with Queen Elizabeth.
Biden pointed to U.S. commitments to fight the coronavirus pandemic and climate change and its loyalty to NATO allies and others in implicit and at times explicit rebukes of Trump's foreign policy.
The president had made clear throughout the lead-up to the weekend's summit that his goal was to reassure allies the U.S. was returning to center stage and could be counted on to tackle global problems, and he was adamant during Sunday's press conference that he was successful.
"I felt a genuine sense of enthusiasm that America was back at the table and fully, fully engaged," Biden said.