What to see from Joe Biden’s G7 trip CNN Politics


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President Joe Biden The Bavarians may be abroad in the Alps, but the political divisions and sours left behind will be hard to ignore as they begin this year’s Group of 7 summits.

Rising costs – prompted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine – will be the center of Sunday’s agenda, where leaders will work together to keep their pressure on Moscow, while also looking for ways to mitigate price spikes that cost them politically. Have to pay from

This can prove to be a daunting task. Russian energy embargoes have contributed to a rise in global oil prices, yet leaders shy away from easing sanctions they believe are impacting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s economy. In one area they have announced action: a ban on new Russian gold imports.

“It is a major export, a major source of revenue, an important option for Russia in terms of their ability to transact in the global financial system. Taking this step cuts into that capacity,” a senior administration official he said.

At the same time, Biden is facing constant repercussions from Friday’s decision. Fundamentally changing abortion rights for women In the United States, a decision that condemned by many of his fellow world leaders.

The ruling provided sharp relief to the divisions plaguing American politics and institutions, which have served as a worrying subtext for leaders viewing Biden’s efforts to restore American leadership.

Here are several things to look out for at Sunday’s G7 summit:

During their first day of talks in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday, Biden and fellow G7 leaders will discuss ways to punish Russia while managing a volatile global economy. The talks will produce some announcements and “muscle movements,” according to a senior White House official.

“A big focus of the G7 and leaders is going to be, you know, how to not only manage the challenges in the global economy as a result of Mr. Putin’s war, but how to hold Mr. Putin accountable and make sure That he is being subjected to the costs and consequences for what he is doing,” said John Kirby, coordinator of strategic communications at the National Security Council, as Biden was flying to Europe.

Biden’s first engagement on Sunday will be a bilateral meeting with the host of the summit, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, This was followed by the inaugural G7 session focused on global economic issues that have been aggravated by the Ukraine war.

“I think leaders are looking for ways to do two things: One, to continue to hold Mr Putin accountable and to amplify the costs and consequences of their war on him and on his economy,” Kirby said. “And two, mitigating as much as possible the impact of these rising oil prices and the way it has weaponized energy on nations, especially on the continent but around the world.”

That balance will define this year’s G7, as leaders work to maintain their pressure campaign on Putin, while also facing rising inflation that costs some leaders politically at home. Biden commented on the G7 and NATO solidarity over the Ukraine and Russian aggression, telling Scholz before the two leaders’ meeting that the groups should remain unified.

“We have to be together. As Putin has been believing from the beginning, that somehow NATO and the G7 will fall apart, but we didn’t and we are not going,” Biden said.

Biden said on Twitter Sunday morning that the leaders had agreed to announce a ban on new gold imports from Russia. Gold is the second largest export for Russia after energy.

Biden has dealt some of the hardest blow as his approval rating plummeted amid a rise in prices.

“US politics may well be under increasing pressure, because some people in the primaries have already said that I don’t care about Ukraine. What matters is the cost of living,” a European official from a visit this week said. Said earlier. So that would be the effect. ,

Biden on Friday declared the Supreme Court’s conservative majority had “made the United States an outlier among developed nations in the world” by stripping the nationwide right to abortion.

Two days later, he will come face-to-face in the Bavarian Alps with the leaders of the nations that will leave behind an increasingly divided country whose sinister politics has drawn world concern.

The White House doesn’t believe the decisions or fractures that now divide America will be a factor in Biden’s discussion.

“There are real national security issues here to be discussed and the president is not at all concerned that the Supreme Court ruling is going to take away from it at all,” Kirby said.

Yet four of the six fellow leaders who joined Germany found the ruling monument sufficient to weigh in on its own.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “I have to tell you, I think this is a big step backwards.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was a “devastating blow”. French Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Scholz were also critical.

It remains to be seen whether the decision comes in Biden’s private discussion. But the radically changed and divided country he left behind will never be far from mind as he represents it on the world stage.

At last year’s G7 summit on the Cornish coast in England, Biden pressured fellow leaders to insert tough new language condemning China’s human rights violations in a final communiqué. Leading up to the document, the group held several heated conversations behind closed doors about China’s collective approach.

The topic could lead to frightening conversations as some European leaders do not share Biden’s view as a threat to China’s existence. Yet the president has made it clear time and again that he hopes to persuade fellow leaders to take the hard way. And Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has amplified the president’s repeated warnings of autocracies versus democracies.

On Sunday afternoon, Biden, along with other leaders, is expected to unveil an infrastructure investment program targeting low- and middle-income countries designed to compete with China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Beijing has invested billions in building roads, railways and ports around the world to build new trade ties and diplomatic ties. Biden has pitched a similar program in the past, calling it Build Back a Better World.

But with that name apparently retired, the White House is renewing the effort in Germany.