Biden visits G20 to discuss energy prices and supply chain issues
WASHINGTON, Oct.26 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden, hoping to signal the United States’ re-engagement with its allies after four years of Donald Trump’s “America First” policy, is heading to a meeting of G20 leaders in Europe this week to discuss energy prices, Iran’s nuclear program and supply chain issues, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday.
Biden will also seek to cement progress on a global minimum tax during his trip, Sullivan told reporters.
Biden leaves for Italy on Thursday. He is expected to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday before launching meetings with leaders of the world’s largest economies in Rome. After the G20 meetings, Biden travels to Glasgow, Scotland, to attend the UN climate change conference COP26.
Sullivan said the United States and Europe were united before the two summits and noted that Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin were not present in person. Xi has not traveled outside of China since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The United States and Europe will be there, and they will be there, energetic and united at the G20 and COP26, leading the agenda,” Sullivan said.
Biden’s second overseas trip since becoming president also comes amid continued frustration over the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and a cloud over Biden’s own national agenda as the plans infrastructure spending bill and social spending are fighting Congress.
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Sullivan said the two will discuss the climate, migration and income inequality during their meeting.
The president will then meet with Italian leaders and hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron with the aim of restoring relations after a break on an American security pact with Britain and Australia.
On Saturday and Sunday, Biden will attend G20 meetings, which will focus on Haiti but focus on fundamental economic themes, such as the global minimum tax.
“He will laser focus on supply chains and energy prices because he knows these issues are impacting working families here in America,” Sullivan said.
The White House has not confirmed further one-on-one meetings between Biden and his fellow leaders, but has indicated more are planned.
Biden will conclude his overseas trip with a stopover in Glasgow to push the world to do more in its fight against global warming.
Biden is expected to focus on the U.S. goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, but continuing to haggle over the climate elements of his plan. Build Back Better law could undermine its rhetoric as world leaders question how Washington will do on its promises.
Sullivan said U.S. allies are sophisticated enough to know the democratic process of pushing tough bills through Congress.
“Whether there is a deal this week or the negotiations continue, there will be a lot of energy and enthusiasm for the effort the president is undertaking right now,” Sullivan said.
Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Jeff Mason Editing by Marguerita Choy and Heather Timmons
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