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Joe Biden Delivers Foreign Policy Address in New York City



ladies and gentlemen please welcome Vice President Joe Biden [Applause] thank you thank you very much please mr. president Chancellor thank 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 acknowledge who really does a lot of the work here but 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 and 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 intentions and the 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 Republican in modern history prior to Donald Trump has understood and carried out this basic directive often imperfectly but have never before has it been so thoroughly abandoned I knew when I saw Donald Trump respond to the 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 strong men he plays that role when he 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 racing dictators who who built to his vanity and he make no mistake about it the world sees Trump for what it is and sincere ill-informed 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 gave 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 in our capacity to bring nations together which is desperately needed and I think would be catastrophic to our national security and to our future we can't let that happen as president announced tates 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 then we know more charlottesville No More Helsinki's the challenge 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 much has shifted in the past few years the international scape 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 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 strong 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 among our allies places like Turkey the Philippines hungry in 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 is way up together in my view these forces have driven dangerous resurgence of extreme nationalism and the liberalism of protectionism and xenophobia and Donald Trump and the Democrat demagogues around the world are learned are 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 and amplifies our leadership to keep us safe in the world and it's the engine bar ingenuity that has driven all our economic process in progress you know it's part of who we are and how we see the world but may be equally important how the world sees us as president I was sure the democracy is once again the watchword of US 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 pairing and reinvigorating our own democracy even as we stand coalition's the 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 defend 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 ask 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 my time that pledge myself and I urge every one running for president including the of the United States 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 prepared to lead 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 rule the Global gag rule prevents money from getting in NGOs will even talk about family we believe in the power of free press that's why I'll return immediately to daily press briefings in the walls the State Department and the Defense Department a nation of immigrants but President Tom took those words those literal words nation of immigrants out of the statement the mission statement of our Citizenship and Immigration Services I will restore those words it matters our Statute of Liberty not very far from here says be three I'll reverse Trump's Tetris I Hollis's raise our target for Refugees to a level commensurate with our responsibility and the unbel need that exist by demonstration with immediately end the horrific practice of separating families at our borders holding children and for pretensions there's no need for us to do that and still ours I'd order a review of the temporary protective status to vulnerable populations who cannot fully believe and find the safety of 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 policymaking I'll 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 or just a start add a 1 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 straighten democracy back in the global age organize and host in the United States during my first year in administration where I'd tube elected a global summit for democracy renewal of the spirit and shared purpose of nations of the free world building off the successor model we instituted during the obama by the 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 there have 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 countries will challenge the private sector including the tech companies in social media giants to make their own commitments America's openness fueled their success I believe they have a duty to make sure their algorithm and platforms are not misused too so division here at home or 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 a foreign policy for the middle class to win the competition of future we have to double down on sharpening our innovative edge u19 economic might of our friends and other and other abusive practices to take them on we know you know that Economic Security is not the security but there are a lot of communities across the country who are hurting because we've Negrete evenig lected basics our trade policy has started home by strengthening by strengthening by anthony this asset the middle class for 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 century america has access to quality and affordable health care which is absolutely necessary to invigorate that class investing in rebuilding on our infrastructure bridges roads modernizing airports high-speed rail making sure Americans have access to broadband networks reforming reforming our taxes to reward work not just wealth 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 any one 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 the transition well neva Leah company any new technology be a disaster we need the most agile system to accommodate these changes folks we're virtually we're virtually energy-independent we have a strong tradition of the rule of law I see drums 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 given half a chance a foreign policy in the middle class will also work to make sure the rules our international economy are not rigged against us because when American business compete on a fair playing field we win president truck may think is tough on China all that he has delivered as a consequence of that as American farmers manufacturers and consumers losing and paying more his economic decision-making is so short-sighted and as short-sighted the rest of his foreign policy China is playing the long game extending his global reach investing in technology of the future when Trump is designating our oldest ally 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 he kneecaps our capacity to take on real economic cuts we need to get tough with China if China has its way it's gonna keep it's gonna keep moving and robbing us firms of our technology intellectual property and forcing the American companies to get away 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 just our converters like climate change and preventing the nuclear proliferation not going to be a back to business as usual on trade with me a new rules we need new precedent that has the voices of all the shareholders at the table including leaders representing labor and 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 chopping it can't afford to ignore half the global economy for United that gives us substantial leverage to shape the future rules of the road everything from the environment to labor to trade to technology to transparency so we can continue to reflect the Democratic interest in values America's interest in values not you 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 Biden foreign policy General place America back at the head of the table working with our partners to mobilize global action on global threats especially those unique to our country American leadership is not infallible we've made missteps mistakes too often we rely solely on the might of our military instead of drawing on the full array of our strengths 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 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 had 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 and when the in-form I 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 you stayin entrenched and unwinnable conflicts drains our capacity to lead under so many other issues that require our attention it 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 principle to lure 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 hear an echo on the 7th floor of the State Department any longer above all diplomats here when 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 a crisis the President of the United States word his or her word is the single most valuable asset the country has but 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 critical eye we need most Trump is taking a battery 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'd get to NATO is at his heart the very heart of NATO and our national security more than that it is 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 atchoo of our core alliances in Asia let me be clear working cooperatively with other nations to share our values and goals doesn't make America as it seems 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 when 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 were grappling with today in the next 20 or 30 years keep NATO military capabilities sharp while also expanding our capacity to take on non-traditional threats like weaponized is corruption cyber theft new challenges in space and on the high seas and by the way the increase in NATO defense spending I would point out started on under the obama-biden administration we need to look for opportunities to strengthen cooperation with domestic 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 means and means what it says especially when it comes to the challenges that will define our time renewal threat the 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 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 and 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 nuclear weapons as I said in 2017 where we're still in office I believe the sole purpose of the US nuclear arsenal should be deterring and if necessary retaliate against a nuclear attack as president I'll work put that belief into practice after consultation with our allies in our military by the senator we cannot push nations to meet their humanitarian obligations to address the biggest refugee migration crisis 12:00 or two if we're unwilling and for 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 ashore 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 a baby our deepest Lee held values it does nothing does nothing to increase our security to the border and everything to diminish our standing in the world and the ability to lead by the power of our example we need sensible policies to improve screening priorities 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 adversaries 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 in El Salvador Guatemala and Honduras after multiple multiple meetings to take on corruption violence in 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 a package to help support those reforms and guess what it was working security and food migrant flows began to decrease in countries like El Salvador but Trump announced the end of our age via a tweet with no understanding of the consequences if elected president I'll relaunch the initiative the top-to-bottom review our funding to the region determine how we can continue to drive reforms that deliver results and they will deliver results when two 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 that 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 paper our economies and societies we have to ensure that these engines of progress are bound by laws and ethics we have done it 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 if we don't get this right not much else will matter I'll put us on a track to achieve a clean energy economy is zero emissions Net Zero emissions by 2050 an equally important because the United States makes it only 15 10 of global emissions 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 [Applause] and that Accord is negotiated said we have to up the ante convening the son of the world's largest carbon emitters relying relying on nations to raise ambitions push progress further and faster look we'll look for enforceable commitments they'll produce emissions to reduce emissions and in global shipping and aviation to strong measures to make sure other nations can't undercut us economically as we meet our commitments that includes to see the China the world's 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 I won't accomplish any of them without the United States flanked by our fellow democracy is leading the way we're facing enemies both without and from within hoping to exploit the fissures in our society under my breakup 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 or alliances more democracies Vladimir Putin wants to tell himself and anyone who can dupe and to 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 jumps borders and transcends languages and cultures it can supercharge communities of ordinary citizens into activists and organizers for changes we must once more harness that power and really the free world to meet the challenges facing us today also 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 our self-interest well ocation 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 I said remember who in God's name we are now that 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 Thanks [Applause] you

4 Comments

  1. Realtor Mom
    Realtor Mom July 11, 2019

    People need to wake up and realize the only chance we have to defeat the narcissist in the White House is to elect Biden. America needs a steady hand, a moral leader, a man who says what he means and means what he says 🇺🇸 #TeamJoe

  2. Josh Philbeck
    Josh Philbeck July 11, 2019

    Sir, You talk a good game, just like every other Politician we listen too every 4 years. WE THE PEOPLE have been subjected to this foolishness for far to long. You Sir have sold America to the highest bidder at the expense of WE THE PEOPLE! Its time for WE THE PEOPLE to begin arresting You Sir, as well as Your co-conspirators, & bring You before The People to be tried for You're crimes. Its time to give WE THE PEOPLE a better option & rid humanity of the cancer that You & those like You have become to humanity.

  3. Scrum Thebum2
    Scrum Thebum2 July 11, 2019

    Good job Joe we need to restore this countries credibility. None of our allies can work with this administration

  4. WHD Studios 2
    WHD Studios 2 July 11, 2019

    THUMBS UP If you are ❤️ TEAM RED WHITE AND BLUE!!!! 💙 🇺🇸🎉 #BIDEN2020 🎉🇺🇸

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpJkEWuEYc0&feature=youtu.be&t=121

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