Soon after assuming office, Biden reversed a number of Trump-era initiatives, including those in foreign policy, slamming his predecessor for damaging America’s global stance. At the same time, these also included international agreements that imposed certain obligations on the US government, no matter which administration occupies the White House.
The State Department spokesman Ned Price found himself in an awkward situation as Associated Press reporter Matt Lee pressed him on whether the Biden administration had indeed upheld international accords signed by the previous administration.
The exchange took place during the daily State Department briefing as Price mentioned President Joe Biden’s decision to remove troops from Afghanistan, as well as the potential of maintaining negotiations with the Taliban given their onslaught in regaining control of sections of the country.
“I think if you recall, the president said in his remarks when he announced the military withdrawal that it’s not an agreement that this administration necessarily would have designed, but it’s one we inherited – that American troops would potentially come under attack starting on May 1st if they remained in the country”, Price told Lee.
The journalist, however, was quick to point out that the new US administration wasn’t in fact that consistent in following the international agreements signed by the previous administration, as there were clearly several that the Biden…