President Biden is embarking on his first foreign trip since taking office Wednesday, spending a week with UK, European and Asian allies — along with Queen Elizabeth — ahead of a much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As Biden’s meeting with Putin looms, top officials have stressed their priority is to consistently send the message that the US will provide more stability to allies in the face of a rising China and emboldened Russia.
Just prior to boarding Air Force One, the commander-in-chief said his goal for the trip was “strengthening the alliance, making it clear to Putin and China that Europe and the United States are tight.”
Biden also said he planned to unveil a global COVID-19 vaccination plan while abroad.
“[T]he trip, at its core, will advance the fundamental thrust of Joe Biden’s foreign policy: to rally the world’s democracies to tackle the great challenges of our time,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters from