When Donald Trump took workplace 4 years in the past it was with the mantra ‘America first’. Worldwide agreements had been torn up, the US withdrew from commitments just like the Paris local weather settlement and minimize its funding for the World Well being Group. Allies in Europe had been scorned in favour of making new relationships with ‘strongmen’ leaders equivalent to Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un.
Now, as Joe Biden prepares to enter the White Home he’s promising to restore broken relations and rejoin world establishments. However because the Guardian’s diplomatic editor, Patrick Wintour, tells Anushka Asthana, the following 4 years is not going to be merely spent turning the clock again on world affairs: as a substitute Biden will forge his personal international coverage based mostly on selling democracy and standing as much as authoritarianism. It’s a change in tone that can have ramifications too in Britain, the place a Brexit deal and an orderly exit from the EU (now with out the prospect of a Trump-blessed US commerce deal) is turning into ever extra necessary.