When Donald Trump attended leadership summits, the nation waited anxiously for what bad behavior might surface. Now President Joe Biden is representing the United States at the G7 summit for the first time, and everything looks a little different.
French President Emmanuel Macron summed it up, telling the U.S. President that it’s nice to have someone in leadership who is willing to cooperate with the rest of the world in crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, and to have someone willing to be “part of the club.” He stops short of saying “finally” or “unlike the former guy,” but we’re all hearing echoes of it just the same.
"I think it's great to have the U.S. president part of the club, and willing to cooperate, and I think that what you demonstrate is leadership is partnership."
— French President Emmanuel Macron on President Biden pic.twitter.com/F6fGjU6qwy
— The Recount (@therecount) June 13, 2021
It’s not the only moment that showcased the difference between the 45th and 46th U.S. President. A clip that circulated Friday showed side-by-side moments of the 2017 and 2021 G7 summit. In one clip, Donald Trump jostles and pushes past others to be at the front of the crowd. In the new clip, Joe Biden walks alongside other leaders, conversing in a friendly manner.
2017 G7 vs. 2021 G7 pic.twitter.com/JG9ZuBi3ya
— The Recount (@therecount) June 11, 2021
Let’s not forget the 2018 G7 summit, where Trump lobbied for Russia, attacked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over trade policies, and inspired Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt to mock him with the tweet seen below, all before leaving early.
“Just tell us what Vladimir has on you. Maybe we can help.” pic.twitter.com/DLc7YJFXqT
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) June 10, 2018
Then, of course, he suggested his golf course as the location for the next G7 — which would have been quite profitable for him, if he’d been allowed.
By contrast, Biden is working with other leaders and earning their praise and respect.
What a difference an election can make.
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