At the United Nations, Biden is looking to send a message to world leaders — and voters — about leadership under his watch
New York (AFP) – President Joe Biden It will use its annual title before United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to make the case to world leaders — and American voters in 2024 — that he has reestablished U.S. leadership on the global stage that he says waned under the former president. President Donald Trump.
White House officials said that Biden will present a strong case to members of the global organization to continue supporting Ukraine’s efforts to repel the attack The Russian invasion lasted nearly 19 months This has no end in sight.
Biden previewed his thinking at two fundraisers on Monday evening, telling supporters that he had fended off Vladimir Putin’s invasion and questioning whether Trump, the 2024 GOP presidential nominee, would have tried to help Ukraine stop Russia’s territorial grab if he had. in power.
I will not stand with dictators like Putin. Maybe Trump and his MAGA friends can bend, but I won’t.” Biden told supporters at a fundraiser on Broadway.
There will be a notable absence as the president makes his case before the General Assembly: the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping And Put it in They all skip the assembly.
For Biden, the most important audience for Tuesday’s speech may be closer to home as he looks to make the case to voters that he has skillfully handled a complex foreign policy agenda and that the experience that comes with age has proven an asset. It’s an argument the 80-year-old president is likely to continue making to try to counter skepticism — even within his own Democratic Party — Among voters who are concerned about his age.
“We rallied the world to support Ukraine and unify NATO because I was convinced from the beginning that Putin was counting on NATO not being able to hold itself together,” Biden said at another fundraiser on Monday. “He is still trying. And our allies know once again that the United States can be counted on.”
Biden’s message of steadfast support for Ukraine will be evident as Congress becomes increasingly divided over providing additional funding to Kiev.
Biden is seeking a package worth $13.1 billion in additional military aid to Ukraine and $8.5 billion in humanitarian support. But conservative Republican lawmakers are still pushing for broad cuts in federal spending, and some Trump-aligned are specifically looking to withhold funds from Ukraine.
In addition to emphasizing continued US support for Ukraine, Biden is expected to address mobilizing global resources to combat climate change and strengthening multilateral organizations to help poor and middle-income countries, according to senior administration officials.
Officials who reviewed Biden’s activities in New Delhi said that Biden aims to send a message that the Russian invasion of Ukraine violates the United Nations Charter, and to emphasize that every country has an interest in defending a state’s sovereignty, especially when it is under attack. York this week on condition of anonymity.
After his speech, Biden will meet with António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, as well as leaders of the so-called C5 group of Central Asian countries, which includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The meeting is expected to focus on regional security, trade, climate change, ongoing reforms to improve governance and other issues.
Something has risen His own flirtation with those countries. During his summit in May with Central Asian leaders, Xi promised to build more railways and other trade links with the region and proposed joint development of oil and gas resources.
White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters last week that Biden’s meeting with these leaders should not be seen as an attempt to balance Chinese influence in the region.
“Look, this summit is not against any country,” Sullivan said in the introduction to the meeting. “It is a positive agenda that we want to work on with these countries.”
Officials downplayed the fact that the leaders of the other permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China – would not be in New York this week and instead stressed the importance Biden places on attending. At the annual diplomatic forum
However, Biden does plan to attend a special climate summit that Guterres will host on Wednesday, where countries are encouraged to submit new ideas and proposals on how to further reduce emissions and combat climate change. Officials downplayed the importance of Biden’s absence from the climate summit, saying that the issue would be punctuated by the president’s statements and events throughout the week. John Kerry, the US climate envoy, is scheduled to attend instead of Biden.
Biden plans to meet Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva On Wednesday as well Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Senior administration officials said the two leaders would discuss issues including Iran, but they declined to provide further details.
Biden is scheduled to host talks on Thursday at the White House with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Kim reported from Washington.
This article originally appeared on apnews.com