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Biden’s G-20 Challenge: Convincing Allies His Promises Are Legit

  • President rushing to seal deal on agenda ahead of Rome summit
  • Foreign capitals dismayed by early America First-like moves
U.S. President Joe Biden 

U.S. President Joe Biden 

Photographer: Stephanie Keith/Bloomberg

U.S. President Joe Biden entered office declaring that “America’s back” and vowing a new era of engagement with the world. He arrives in Rome this week for a meeting of the world’s largest economies facing deep skepticism that he can make good on that promise.

Initial optimism that Biden would undo former President Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach has faded after a calamitous Afghanistan withdrawal and other early moves that alienated allies. And Biden’s struggle to deliver on his legislative agenda has fueled doubt that the U.S. can lead the world in fighting climate change, the post-pandemic economic recovery or other priorities.