Biden blasts Trump's 'embarrassing' actions heading into G-7 summit

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE excoriated President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE Friday over his “embarrassing” actions toward U.S. allies just before the president heads to France for the G-7 summit.

The White House hopeful, who has repeatedly touted the need to restore America’s reputation abroad on the campaign trail, singled Trump out for the controversy over his desire to purchase Greenland and bashed him over his recent criticism about the U.S. allies’s financial contributions to NATO and his calls for Russia to rejoin the G-7.


“He has insulted our closest partners and denigrated one of our most capable allies, Denmark—a country that has repeatedly fought and sacrificed alongside our troops. He issued yet another attack on NATO, reiterating his belief that NATO is an American-run protection racket where our allies better pay up, or else," Biden said in a statement.

"And he advocated for Russia’s return to the G7, despite Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinAmerica's post-COVID-19 foreign policy House Democrats object to Trump sending ventilators to Russia Overnight Defense: Trump to withdraw US from Open Skies Treaty | Pentagon drops ban on recruits who had virus | FBI says Corpus Christi shooting terror-related MORE’s long and growing record of aggressive behavior and provocations against the United States and our allies in Europe,” Biden added.

“Trump’s actions and words are not just embarrassing—they are making the American people less safe. Every incident further isolates us on the global stage, reinforcing that his version of ‘America First’ means America alone,” the former vice president also said.

Biden’s broadside comes just before Trump is due to head to France for this weekend’s G-7 summit. Trump made international headlines at last year’s summit in Canada when he lashed out at Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauTrump says in-person G-7 would 'primarily' take place at White House US-Mexico border restrictions extended to June 22 US and Canada extend border restrictions to June 21 MORE as “meek and mild” and refused to endorse the group’s joint statement. 

Trump has repeatedly criticized other countries, including U.S. allies over trade and other topics.

Most recently, the president defended his decision to postpone a state visit to Denmark and accused the country’s prime minister of making a “nasty and inappropriate statement” when she rebuffed his request to discuss the purchase of Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory. 

Meanwhile, Trump has attracted criticism over more positive remarks directed toward North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnKim Jong Un seeks to continue bolstering North Korea's nuclear capabilities, state media says Overnight Defense: State Dept. watchdog was investigating emergency Saudi arms sales before ouster | Pompeo says he requested watchdog be fired for 'undermining' department | Pensacola naval base shooter had 'significant ties' to al Qaeda, Barr says Trump says investigation into Pompeo shows 'screwed up' priorities MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“More than two-and-a-half years into his presidency, the pattern of Trump’s conduct and character is clear. He never misses a chance to lavish praise on dictators like Putin and Kim Jong Un, and takes every opportunity to bash our closest democratic allies,” Biden said. “Instead of leading alongside fellow democracies, he seems to be on the other team.” 

Biden, the current frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, has cast his campaign as an effort to restore political norms both at home and abroad, often saying at fundraisers that another Trump term could lead to the termination of NATO and “fundamentally change who we are.”

“We will restore the soul of this nation,” Biden said Friday. “And we will once again lead the international community in a way that is consistent with our most cherished values, standing with—not against—the rest of the free world.”