Europe's leaders were happy to see Joe Biden. Compared to the former guy, he's a breath of fresh air. Nonetheless, they're worried. Glen Pearson writes:
The claim that “America is Back” seems to have some merit. Various global leaders, including PM Justin Trudeau, spoke of a renewed hope that in a time of great challenge internationally, the United States has moved back into the pole position to direct diplomacy, partnerships, and the more complex work of confronting democracy’s deniers.
A distinct sense emerged that a renewed energy was infusing the G7, prompting them to speak of upgrading a united COVID response, of cooperating on the ever-present climate change challenge, and recommitting to opposing pro-hate movements.
But the clouds are still there -- because there are two Americas. There's Biden's America and Donald Trump's America:
Though a collective sigh of relief emerged from the numerous meetings in Europe, the reality remains that Donald Trump is far from gone. That was apparent this week as Biden worked hard to overcome the damage of the past four years with America’s friends. While repeatedly stressing his “America is Back” mantra, it’s also true that Donald Trump is alive and present. Republicans have failed to move on from the Trump era, making him a continuing player on the global stage.
As outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel put it in her final statement of the G7 sessions: “Look, the election of Joe Biden as U.S. president doesn’t mean that the world no longer has problems.” Some of those problems have to do with the fact that with the past President still active, there remains a troubling uncertainty that the America of Trump still exists, a kind of mischievous interloper. Should the American mid-term elections next year swing away from the government, as is typical, both the Senate and the House could once again be dominated by Republicans, making delivering on Biden’s plans a great uncertainty.
So much depends on the mid-term elections. If Trumpism emerges victorious from them, the world will be back in the swamp.