World Leaders Welcome Biden with Praise

Leaders Around the World Welcome Biden with Praise


Andrew Harnik

Biden gives speech during inauguration, as nations eagerly welcome him

Tyler Hatfield, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, January 20, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, taking the reins of a country in crisis. But on the global stage, his tasks will be just as daunting. Previous president Donald Trump has handed over a series of foreign policy issues to Biden, according to CNN. These include issues such as leaving the Paris Climate Accord, putting bans on trade with China, and insulting other national leaders.

World leaders reacted to Biden’s inauguration by offering their praise, trying to gain a position at the start of his foreign policy agenda, and even pleading for the reversal of his predecessor’s policies, according to CNN.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen quoted on Wednesday, “Once again, after four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House,” leaving a clear opinion on Trump’s relationship with the bloc. (CNN)

She said to news reporters that it shall be a “message of healing for a deeply divided nation and it will be a message of hope for a world that is waiting for the US to be back in the circle of like-minded states.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that he was looking forward to a close relationship with President Biden’s administration.
“In our fight against Covid and across climate change, defense, security and in promoting and defending democracy, our goals are the same and our nations will work hand in hand to achieve them,” Johnson said in a statement Tuesday. (CNN)
Boris Johnson hopes to secure a post-Brexit deal with Biden’s administration. (Getty Images)

Even China spoke, hours before the inauguration. Beijing expressed hope that Biden would “look at China rationally and objectively” to repair “serious damage” in bilateral ties caused by the Trump presidency. (CNN)

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press briefing Wednesday, “In the last four years, the US administration has made fundamental mistakes in its strategic perception of China … interfering in China’s internal affairs, suppressing and smearing China, and causing serious damage to China-US relations.” (CNN)
Russia said that they wished for a “more constructive” relationship between the US and Moscow as Biden took office. They claimed, “For our part, we are ready for such work on the principles of equality and mutual consideration of interests.” (CNN)

As president Joe Biden has been in office for two full weeks now, he has already signed a wave of new executive orders meant to reverse the actions of Donald Trump and reform the nation.

In the first 48 hours of being in office, president Biden has already signed executive orders to end the “Muslim travel ban” and institute a 100-day temporary ban on deportations of immigrants at risk of removal who arrived after November.

President Biden has also ended the U.S. permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline through the midwest states and has planned to discard more than 100 “harmful” environmental proclamations, memoranda or permits signed by the Trump administration, according to Newsweek.