Joe Biden foreign policy address



you Kunie for hosting us and for welcoming generations literally generations of new Americans to wider and bigger and more optimistic future you've done so much for so many people for so long and it was a pleasure to meet you all including you Provost I want to make sure I only done a lot of work here but uh thank you for allowing us to use this for ladies and gentlemen political wisdom holes that Americans the American public doesn't vote on foreign policy but I think that's an old way of thinking in 2019 foreign policy is domestic policy in my view and domestic policy is foreign policy they're deeply connected a deeply connected set of choices we make about how to advance the American Way of life and our vision for the future I like everything about this election the threat that I believe President Trump poses to our national security and and where we are as a country is extreme and I don't think we can afford to ignore it his erratic policies and failures to uphold basic democratic principles have muddled our reputation and our place in the world and I quite frankly believe our ability to lead the world so let me start today by reminding everyone about what has been the what has been lost with the chest-thumping and self-inflicted setbacks and the manufactured crises of this administration folks American foreign policy I think has to be purposeful and inspiring based on clear goals driven by sound strategies not by Twitter Tantrums and the overarching purpose of our foreign policy I believe must be to defend and advance our security prosperity and democratic values that the United States stands for every president Democrat and Republican in modern history prior to Donald Trump has understood and carried out this basic directive often imperfectly but have we've never before has it been so thoroughly abandoned I knew when I saw Donald Trump respond to events in charlottesville assigning a moral equivalence between those who promoted hate and those who opposed it that the threat to our democracy was unlike any time at least in my lifetime less than a year later Trump again stood before the press this time on foreign soil in Helsinki and repeatedly deferred to Vladimir Putin over Americans interest the American intelligence community and I would argue over the American people's interest I think it was one of the most shameful performances by US president in modern history and one of one where we saw repeated again that last month at the g20 summit where Trump smirked along with Putin making a joke out of Russia is very real and very dangerous assault on our electoral institutions Trump's view in my view the basis our cherished democratic values at the very time a sink of fate to a strongmen he plays that role when it refuses to condemn Saudi Arabia for the gruesome murder of a journalist an American resident and when he falls in love with a murderous dictator in North Korea I know it's not literal but think what message it sends around the world he undermines our democratic alliances while embracing dictators who who appeal to his vanity and he make no mistake about it the world sees Trump for what he is insincere ill informed and impulsive and sometimes corrupt dangerously incompetent and incapable in my view of world leadership and leadership at home it's why we've seen such a precipitous drop in how the rest of the world views the United States America one recent poll found America's leadership is now less respected than China's and on a par with Russia's and if we give Donald Trump four more years we'll have a great deal of difficulty if ever being able to recover America's standing in the world and our capacity to bring nations together which is desperately needed and I think it would be catastrophic to our national security and to our future we can't let that happen as president nighted States I would remind the world that we are the United States of America we do not coddle dictators the United States of America gives hate no safe harbor but we no more Charlottesville no more Helsinki's the challenge of following this disastrous presidency over will not be just to restore the reputation our credibility it'll be to enact a forward-looking foreign policy for the world as we find it today and as we anticipate it will be tomorrow and years to come what has shifted in the past few years the international landscape is more crowded competitive and complicated and when we look at what's different today two key points jump out to me one is that the speed and intensity of the gravest dangers means that the fates of nations are more intertwined than they ever have been climate change nuclear proliferation international and transnational terrorism cyber warfare disrupted new technologies mass migration they're moving like Moore's Law is moving none none of them can be resolved by the United States alone or any nation acting alone American security prosperity and our way of life require the strongest possible network of partners and alliances working alongside one another Donald Trump's brand of American first as too often led to America alone making it much harder to mobilize others to address the threats to our common well-being the second concern is the rapid advance of authoritarianism nationalism and a liberal tendencies around the world not just in Russia and China but also ma our allies places like Turkey the Philippines hungry and every part of the world technology and instant information are driving change at unprecedented speed and scope causing many people home and abroad to feel confused and very vulnerable democratic governments paralyzed by hyper partner partisanship hobbled by corruption are having a harder time delivering to their people trusts and institutions around the world is down and fear of the other his way up together in my view these forces have driven dangerous resurgence of extreme nationalism and liberalism of protectionism and xenophobia and Donald Trump and the Democrat demagogues around the world are learned leaning into these forces for their own personal and political gain but in my view if we focus this is not a moment to fear it's a time for us to tap into the strength and audacity that took us to victory in two world wars and brought down the Iron Curtain that triumph of democracy and liberalism over fashion and autocracy is what created the free world and this contest won't just define our past it will define our future today democracy is under intense pressure more than any time since the 30s in my view freedom house has reported that in the 41 countries consistently ranked as free from 1985 to 2005 22 have registered net declines in freedom in the last five years yet while the world's democracies look to America to stand for the values that unite us and truly lead the free world Donald Trump seems to be on the other team while those living under oppression yearning for freedom look to the United States for hope Trump has nothing really to offer we can't forget that democracy is the road our society the root and wellspring of our power and the source of our renewal it strengthens it amplifies our leadership to keep us safe in the world and it's the engine of our ingenuity that has driven all our economic process and progress you know it's the heart of who we are and how we see the world but may be equally important how the world sees us as president I will ensure the democracy is once again the watchword of US foreign policy not to launch some moral crusade but because it's in our enlightened self-interest we have to restore our ability to rally the free world so we can once more make a stand upon new fields of action together to face new challenges we only have one opportunity to reset this democracy after Trump and we have to be prepared to make the most of it so what does it mean at least from my perspective in practice first it means repairing and reinvigorating our own democracy even as we strengthen coalitions of democracies and will stand with us on every continent I'll start by putting in our own house in order remaking our education system so the child's opportunity life isn't determined by their zip code or their race reforming our criminal justice and eliminates inequities and disparities in the system and putting teeth back in our Voting Rights Act I will seek greater transparency and our campaign finance systems we need to get big money out altogether ensure that foreign dark money doesn't continue to pollute our politics we need we need in my view to dedicate greater resources including cyber resources to defending our electoral system which is still under siege I served as a founding member of the transatlantic Commission on election integrity to fight back against Russia's attacks on Western democracies we asked candidates all across Europe and North America to sign a pledge committing to transparency and campaign finances and to reject the use of fabricated and hacked material now that I'm a candidate for office I've signed that pledge myself and I urge every one running for president including the President of the United States to sign that same pledge it's the right thing to do as individuals as the nation we have to prove to the world the United States is prepared to lead not just by the example of our power but by the power of our example to that end as president I will take decisive steps to renew our American values by returning transparency to our government we believe in freedom of religion that's why we'll end the Muslim ban we believe in free speech that's why when the gag drill the Global gag rule prevents money from getting in NGOs who even talk about family planning we believe in the power of free press that's why I'll return immediately to daily press briefings in the White House the State Department and the Defense Department we are a nation of immigrants President Tom took those words those literal words nation of immigrants out of the statement the mission statement of our citizens have been Immigration Services I will restore those words it matters our Statute of Liberty not very far from here says invites us and welcome to tired the poor the huddled masses yearning to breathe free I'll reverse Trump's detrimental Asylum policies raise our target for Refugees to a level commensurate with our responsibility and the unprecedented global need that exists the Biden administration would immediately end the horrific practice of separating families at our borders holding children than for-profit detentions there's no need for us to do that and still protect our borders I'd order a review of the temporary protective status to vulnerable populations who cannot fully believe and find the safe to their own countries ripped apart by violence and disasters including Venezuelans and Haitians we've always been a nation that chooses science over fiction and from climate change to standards to harmful environmental toxins the global health policy we're gonna return facts to our policy making well renew a government-wide focus on uplifting the rights of women and girls at home and abroad and revitalize our national commitment to advancing human rights and democracy around the world these changes and many more which I've released on our website for just a start add a one down payment on our commitment to living our democratic values at home and then I will invite fellow Democratic leaders and I mean this invite fellow Democratic leaders to put strengthening democracy back in the global stage I will organize and host in the United States during my first year in administration where I'd to be elected a global summit for democracy renewal of the spirit and shared purpose of the nations of the free world building off the successor model we instituted during the obama-biden administration with the nuclear safety summit leaders who attend must come prepared to cooperate and make concrete commitments to take on corruption and advance human rights in their own nations we have to be honest about achievement there has to be honest about our friends that are falling short and forge a common agenda to address the greatest threats to our shared values will include civil society organizations from around the world that stand on the front lines in defense of democracy in their country will challenge the private sector including the tech companies in social media giants to make their own commitments America's openness fuel their success no I believe they have a duty to make sure their algorithm and platforms are not misused too so division here at home we empower their surveillance States to be able to facilitate their oppression and censorship in China or elsewhere to spread hate or to spur people to violence secondly I will equip our people to succeed in the new global economy with the foreign policy for the middle class to win the competition of future we have to double down on sharpening our innovative edge uniting economic might of our friends and other and other abusive practices to take them on we know we know that economic security is national security but there are a lot of communities across the country or hurting because we've neglected the basics our trade policy has a start at home by strengthening by strengthening by strengthening our greatest asset the middle class but when it does well everyone does well we have to take care of everything I've talked about on the campaign trail by giving every student the skill and training they need to compete in the 21st century for those jobs in the 21st America has access to quality and affordable healthcare which is absolutely necessary to invigorate that class investing in rebuilding on our infrastructure bridge bridges roads modernizing airports high-speed rail making sure Americans have access to broadband networks reforming reforming our taxes to reward work not just well listening and leading on a clean economy revolution to create 10 million new jobs here in the United States that pay well allowing us eventually to export those technologies overseas I'll invest in research and development the cornerstone of my presidency will be just that so the United States is the leading the charge for innovation around the world there's no reason we should be failing or falling behind anyone China or anywhere else when it comes to energy quantum computing artificial intelligence 5g high-speed rail folks we have the greatest research universities in history of the world we have more of them here than anywhere the rest of the world combined that we cannot ensure that our people are ready for this transition that will never lea company any new technology be a disaster we need the most agile system to accommodate these changes folks for virtually virtually energy independent we have a strong tradition of the rule of law I see Jack Blue in France that's why the rest of the world invests here jack is you know better than I do because they know they're safe and most important we have an extraordinary population of workers and innovators who have never ever ever let our country down when given half a chance a foreign policy in the middle class will also work to make sure the rules of international economy are not rigged against us because an American business compete on a fair playing field we win President Trump may think his being tough on China all that he has delivered as a consequence of that is American farmers manufacturers and consumers losing and paid more his economic decision-making is so short-sighted and as short says the rest of his foreign policy China is playing the long game extending this global reach investing in technology of the future when Trump is designating our oldest allies from Canada the European Union as national security threats in order to be able to impose damaging and pointless tariffs by cutting us off from the economic clout of our partners Heaney caps our capacity to take on real economic threats we need to get tough with China if China has its way it's going to keep it's going to keep moving and robbing us firms of our technology intellectual property and forcing the American companies to give away and give it away in order to do business in China in the most effective way and we need to change is to build a united front of friends and partners to challenge China's abusive behavior even as we seek to deepen cooperation on issues where our interests are converged like climate change and preventing the nuclear proliferation there's not going to be a back to business as usual on trade with me we need new rules we need new processes that has the voices of all the shareholders at the table including leaders representing labor and the environment we must negotiate from the strongest possible position on our own we represent a quarter of the world's GDP but when we're joined by fellow democracies that number doubles China can't afford to ignore half the global economy before you nine it that gives us substantial leverage to shape the future rules of the road on everything from the environment to labor to trade to technology to transparency so we can continue to reflect the democratic interests and values America's interest in values not China not Russia's the world does not organize itself and if we do not shape the norms and institutions that govern relations among nations rest assured that some nation will step into the vacuum or no one will and chaos will prevail which brings me to my final point the Biden foreign policy agenda will place America back at the head of the table working with our allies and our partners to mobilize global action on global threats especially those unique to our country American leadership is not infallible we've made missteps and mistakes to offer your lives solely on the might of our military instead of drawing on the full array of our strengths but let me be clear I will never hesitate to protect the American people including my necessary by the use of force as vice president I work with President Obama to craft the military and diplomatic campaign that ultimately defeated Isis in fact it turned out Trump's secret weapon to destroy the so-called Caliphate was the continuation of the plan we put in place with personnel that we had put in place we have the strongest military in the world and I would argue in the history of the world but as president I will ensure it stays that way I will make investments necessary to equip our troops for the challenges of this century not the last century this one in the next one but to use of force should be a last resort not a first used only to defend our vital interest when the objective is clear and achievable than when the in-form emphasize the informed consent of the American people this long past time we in the forever wars which have cost us untold blood and treasure I have long argued that we should bring home the vast majority of our combat troops from the wars in Afghanistan in the Middle East and narrowly focused on our mission to deal with al Qaeda and Isis in the region and we should end our support for the saudi-led war in Yemen it's hurting [Applause] stayin entrenched and unwinnable conflicts drains our capacity to lead on so many other issues that require attention prevents us from rebuilding the other instruments of American power so I'll make it my mission to restore American leadership elevate diplomacy as a principal tool or a foreign policy I will reinvest in a diplomatic core that this administration has hollowed out and put our diplomacy back in the hands of genuine professionals so you don't hear an echo on the 7th floor of the State Department any longer above all and I see some diplomats here in our administration others above all diplomacy requires credibility and Donald Trump is absolutely corroding our country's credibility you know in the conduct of American foreign policy and especially times of crisis the President of the United States were his or her word is the single most valuable asset the country has by pulling out a treaty after treaty reneging on policy after policy walking away from America's responsibilities and lying about matters big and small this president has bankrupted America's word in the world at the moment he has he has I don't know how to say it from he's alienated us from the very democratic allies we need most Chapas taken a battery room to the NATO alliance he treats us like it's some kind of American run protection racket he just doesn't get it I really don't think he gets it NATO is at his heart the very heart of NATO and our national security more than that it is a it is a alliance of values its Alliance of values that makes it far more durable reliable and powerful and partnerships build on cohesion to me coercion and on cash the same is true of our core alliance as a nation let me be clear working cooperatively with other nations to share our values and goals doesn't make America as the season apply in this administration suckers it makes us more secure enables us to be more successful we amplify our own strengths extend our presence around the globe magnifier impact while sharing the burden of leadership with our partners no country even one as powerful as ours can go alone and the challenges of the 21st century I respect no borders and cannot be contained by any walls as president I will do more than just restore the historic partnerships I'll lead an effort to reimagine them to better meet the challenges we're grappling with today in the next 20 or 30 years to keep NATO military capabilities sharp while also expanding our capacity to take on non-traditional threats like weaponize cans corruption cyber theft new challenges in space and the high seas and by the way the increase in NATO defence spending I would point out started on under the obama-biden administration we need to look for opportunities to strengthen cooperation with domestic friends beyond North America and Europe reaching to our partners in Asia including Japan South Korea Australia India to fortify our collective capabilities sustaining sustaining our iron-clad commitments to Israel security regardless of how much you may disagree with this present leader it is essential integrating our friends in Latin America and Africa and seizing opportunities throughout the broader network of democracies in order in order to gain and regain the confidence of the world we need to have we have to prove again that America says what it means and means what it says especially when it comes to the challenges that will define our time renewal threat renewed threat of nuclear war mass migration disruptive technologies climate change we cannot be a credible voice on the proliferation of nuclear security and on proliferation and nuclear security while we're abandoning the very deals that we had negotiated from North Korea to Iran Russia to Saudi Arabia Trump has made the prospect of nuclear proliferation a new nuclear arms race and even the use of nuclear weapons more likely not less I've worked on these issues my entire career I understand what's at stake and understand the consequences failing to act that's why as president I'd renew our commitment to arms control for a new era the historic Iran nuclear deal we negotiated blocked Iran from gaining nuclear weapons with inspectors on the ground international inspectors confirming that the agreement was being kept yet Trump cast it aside prompting Iran to restart its nuclear program become more provocative they're raising the risk of another disastrous war in the region if Tehran returns to compliance with the deal I would rejoin the agreement and work with our allies to strengthen and extend it while more effectively pushing back against Iran's destabilizing activities which under the agreement we were allowed to do we had partners to do with us in North Korea I will empower our negotiators to jumpstart a sustained coordinated campaign with our allies and others including China to advance our shared objective and it is a shared objective a denuclearized North Korea I'll pursue an extension of the New START treaty an anchor of strategic stability between the United States and Russia and use that as a foundation for new arms control agreements I would take other steps as well to demonstrate our commitment to reducing the role of clear weapons as I said in 2017 we're still in office I believe the sole purpose of US nuclear arsenal should be deterring and if necessary retaliate against a nuclear attack as president I'll work to put that belief into practice after consultation with our allies in our military by the same measure we cannot push nations to meet their humanitarian obligations to address the biggest refugee migration crisis since World War two if we're unwilling if we're unwilling to live up to our democratic values and firmly reject Trump's nativist rhetoric it stands out that we it stands our nation when our fathers when you see a father and a daughter's body on a shore dead when children are taken away from their parents stay stuck in overcrowded detention facilities denied the most basic necessities when families are ripped apart abandon our deepest lis held values it does nothing does nothing to increase our security at the border and everything to diminish our standing in the world in the ability to lead by the power of our example we need sensible policies to improve screening priorities at the legal points of entry to make smart investments in border technology we need to work again with Canada and Mexico as neighbors not as advertised as adversaries we need to focus on the root causes driving migrants to our borders in the first place as vice president I secured commitments from leaders El Salvador Guatemala Honduras after multiple mobile meetings to take on corruption violence and the endemic poverty in those countries that are the driving force of sending people away from their homes and to our borders and then I work with Congress and a bipartisan effort to get 750 million dollars aid package help support those reforms and guess what it was working security improved migrant flows began to decrease in countries like El Salvador but Trump announced the end of our aid to Central America via a tweet with no understanding of the consequences if elected president I'll relaunch that initiative with the top-to-bottom review of our funding to the region determine how we can continue to drive reforms that deliver results and they will deliver results when it comes to technologies for the future like 5g artificial intelligence other nations are devoting national resources and dominating their development determining how they will be used we have to ensure the 21st century technologies are used to promote greater democracy shared prosperity not to curb freedom and opportunity either at home or abroad as new technologies shape our economies and societies we have to ensure that these engines of progress are bound by laws and ethics we have done it at every technological turning point in our history the Biden administration would join together with our Democratic allies to develop secure private sector-led 5g networks leaving no community rural or low-income behind and the last example I'll end with today is how the United States must lead the world to take on the existential threat we all face climate change we don't get this right not much else will matter I'll put us on a track to achieve a clean energy economy and zero emissions net zero emissions by 2050 an equally important because the United States makes up only 15% of global emissions I'll leverage our economic and our moral authority to put the world on a more urgent course by rejoining the Paris climate Accord and convene a summit of the world that Accord has negotiated said we have to up the ante convening the summit of the world's largest carbon emitters relying we rely on nations to raise their ambitions and push progress further and faster welllook will look for enforceable commitments they'll produce emissions reduce emissions and in global shipping and aviation will pursue strong measures to make sure other nations can't undercut us economically as we meet our commitments that includes assisting the China the world largest emitter of carbon stops subsidizing coal exports outsourcing pollution to other countries by financing billions of dollars of dirty fossil fuel energy projects through their belt and road initiative these are ambitious goals I acknowledge and won't accomplish any of them without the United States flanked by our fellow democracies is leading the way we're facing enemies both without them from within hoping to exploit the fissures in our society undermine democracy break up our alliances return us to an international system that might determine is right the answer to this threat is more openness not less more friendships more cooperation more alliances more democracies Vladimir Putin wants to tell himself and anyone who he can dupe into believing that the liberal idea that liberal idea is obsolete because he understands its power no army on earth can match the electric idea of Liberty passing freely from person to person it jumps borders it transcends languages and cultures and it can supercharge communities of ordinary citizens into activists and organizers we change agents we must once more harness that power and rallied the free world to meet the challenges facing us today in a false in the United States of America to lead the way no other nation has the capacity to do it no other nation was built on that ideal that promise alone and it's overwhelming in our self-interest we have an obligation to champion liberty and democracy we have to retain our credibility we have to look with unrelenting optimism determination toward the future because we can do this let's remember who in God's name we are now this is the United States of America there's not a damn thing we've been unable to do when we've done it together thank you for listening to a very thorough speech may God bless you all and may God protect our troops thank you [Applause]

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