Upon his first visit to the State Department, President Joe Biden pledged to increase the size of the diplomatic corps. Biden asserted a large reset of US foreign policy by halting the withdrawal of troops stationed in Germany, ending support for the Saudi Arabian war in Yemen, and stressing the protection of LGBTQ rights in diplomacy.
Though many of these values have come under intense pressure in recent years, even pushed to the brink in the last few weeks, the American people are going to emerge from this moment stronger, more determined, and better equipped to unite the world in fighting to defend democracy, because we have fought for it ourselves,” Biden said.
Biden also issued a clear warning to Russia,
“At the same time, I made it clear to President Putin, in a manner very different from my predecessor, that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions interfering with our elections, cyberattacks, poisoning its citizens are over,” he said.
“We will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russia and defend our vital interests and our people. And we will be more effective in dealing with Russia when we work in coalition and coordination with other like-minded partners,” Biden added.
However, he did not mention the nature of the conflict in the Middle-East or Iran at all during his first major foreign policy speech as president.