U.S. President Joe Biden speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron after speaking for the G-7 family photo with guests at the G-7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, Nov.
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The United States is back as the cooperative leader of the free world under President Joe Biden, France’s Emmanuel Macron said Saturday, illustrating the relief of many key U.S. allies that the turmoil over Donald Trump’s presidency is over.
Macron’s comment echoes that of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who welcomed Biden as “a breath of fresh air” on Thursday.
Neither Macron nor Johnson drew an explicit parallel between Biden and Trump, though both praised Biden’s downright cooperative tone and officials said there was relief after Trump at times shocked and confused many European allies.
Biden, asked by a reporter if America was back, turned to Macron and pointed with his sunglasses at the French President to answer the question.
“Yes, definitely,” said Macron. “It’s great to have a US President who is part of the club and is very cooperative.”
“What you are demonstrating is that leadership is partnership,” Macron told Biden as they sat on an outdoor deck with expansive views of the turquoise sea behind them.
“The United States, I said we were back once before,” said Biden. “Things are going well, I think, and we are, as we say in the States, on the same page.”
Biden added that the United States feels very strongly about the cohesion of the NATO military alliance and has expressed its support for the European Union – the target of much criticism from Trump during his 2017-2021 presidency.
“For my part, I think the European Union is an incredibly strong and dynamic entity that has a lot to do with Western Europe’s ability not only to solve its economic problems, but also to provide the backbone and support for NATO” said Biden.