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2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Presidential...
The former vice president and Democratic front-runner has said he wants to repair America's standing in the world and alliances like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
"The next president is going to have to be able to pull the world back together," Biden told National Public Radio in an interview published on Sept. 3. "Four more years of this president, there will be no NATO," Biden added.
Biden also said Trump's call in August for Russia to be invited back into the G7 group of nations was "embarrassing," adding that the Republican president's overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin while spurning traditional U.S. allies were "irrational and self-defeating."
Biden once told Putin during a meeting, "I don't think you have a soul," Biden later said. As vice president, Biden condemned Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.
Like other Democratic candidates, Biden has denounced Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Biden has said he would pursue an extension of the New START nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, which expires in 2021 and which Trump has not committed to extending.
On trade, Biden has indicated he would lift some tariffs that are damaging to U.S. farmers, but said he also would prevent China from stealing intellectual property and "dumping steel on us."
Biden, who served as Democratic former President Barack Obama's vice president for eight years, has argued he has the foreign policy experience that none of the other Democratic candidates possess. Obama trusted Biden with withdrawing troops from Iraq and uniting allies to combat Islamist terrorism, Biden said in his NPR interview.
But his long record also opens Biden up to criticism. He voted in 2002 to authorize the use of military force against Iraq, paving the way for President George W. Bush's 2003 invasion that led to a long and costly conflict and destabilized the Middle East.
Biden later called his vote a mistake and has promised to end America's "forever wars." In a Democratic debate in Houston this month, he said he would withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan and suggested using bases in Pakistan to "prevent the United States being the victim of terror coming out of Afghanistan."