In his first speech at the State Department, President Joe Biden presented an outline of the new US foreign policy, beginning his speech with the following statement: “America is back, diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy. As I said in my inaugural address, we will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again.”
This was in stark contrast to his predecessor Donald Trump’s foreign policy, whose core principle was “America First,” which at the end evolved into “America Alone.”
Following his inauguration, President Biden, on his first day in office, had signed a series of executive orders rescinding most of the Trump policies which had led the US to isolation on the world scene.
President Biden also sent messages to friends and foes around the globe. The most significant were his peace initiatives.
With the recent Burmese coup, he said, “The Burmese military should relinquish power they have seized, release the advocates and activists and the officials they have detained.”
This was in contrast with his predecessor, who was enamored with despots and potentates; the more power crazy, the better the relationship (i.e. North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.)