US Elections 2024: How NATO Summit Can Help Boost Biden's 2nd White House Bid

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Joe Biden at the Washington DC NATO summit. (Photo: AP)

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The NATO summit kicked off in Washington DC on Tuesday (July 9).
  • President Joe Biden will be making the best use of the summit to boost his presidential candidature.
  • The work the Biden administration has done with NATO has been a significant agenda of the 81-year-old's campaign.
As the Nato summit in Washington DC kicked off on Tuesday (July 9), the event has become as much about international relations as about President Biden's bid for the White House for another four years.
Between July 9 to 11, 32 member states, their partner nations as well as the entire European Union will descend in DC to celebrate the alliance's 75 years. With Biden and Trump being the presumptive nominees for the US elections in 2024, the two leader's different stances on NATO have become a crucial pitch in the election campaign, especially in the Democratic Party.
As opposed to Trump's skepticism over NATO, Biden's campaign has so far highlighted the action it has taken to get to the aid of NATO allies and partner states when they face threats. The role of NATO in the Ukraine-Russia conflict has been a key issue President Biden has highlighted throughout his campaign trail.
Biden's campaign has been on a full-blown blitzkrieg campaign after the president's disastrous performance in the first debate on CNN. The NATO summit will be an important event for the incumbent president, as he will look to not only reassure NATO allies but also to emphasize to US citizens that he is an able leader, a matter that has been increasingly subjected to scrutiny, of late.
Trump has suggested that he will not support NATO members who failed to meet the spending target of 2% of their GDP. As a result, it will be crucial for many NATO members and allied states that Biden stays in the White House.
“Our allies are looking for U.S. leadership,” Biden said in an MSNBC interview Monday. “Who else do you think can step in here and do this? I expanded NATO. I solidified NATO. I made sure that we’re in a position where we have a coalition of ... nations around the world to deal with China, with Russia, with everything that’s going on in the world. We’re making real progress.”
One of the key agendas of the last few NATO summits has been Ukraine's bid for membership in the alliance. When President Biden went to the G7 alliance in June 2024, he met Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines and discussed the ongoing conflict and Ukraine's potential bid for membership. With Biden's rating falling since the June 27 debate, Zelenskyy told Trump in an interview with Bloomberg that Trump should reveal his 'secret plan' to end the Russia-Ukraine conflict immediately.
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