Biden: ‘The America I see does not wish to turn our back on the world’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called for a strong relationship between the U.S. and its traditional allies.

“The America I see does not wish to turn our back on the world or our closest allies,” Biden said during a security conference in Munich, according to The Washington Post.

“The America I see cherishes a free press, democracy, the rule of law,” he added. “It stands up to the aggression of dictators and against strongmen.”

{mosads}Biden also received a standing ovation at the conference as he criticized President Trump’s treatment of traditional European allies, according to The New York Times.

“This too shall pass. We will be back. We will be back,” he said.

Trump has sparked pushback for his actions toward and rhetoric regarding traditional U.S. allies in Europe and elsewhere. His criticisms of NATO and his “America First” agenda are among the factors that have roiled alliances with countries including France, Germany, Canada and Mexico.

The president has simultaneously embraced authoritarian nations and traditional foes such as Russia and North Korea. 

Biden’s comments in Munich came as he is thought to be considering a 2020 presidential bid, which could ultimately pit him against Trump. Sources close to the former vice president told The Hill last week that Biden is almost certain to enter the race.

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