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President Joe Biden moved to try to restore confidence in US leadership after the Trump era in his first big speech on the global stage on Friday. 

In a virtual address to the Munich Security Conference, the president underscored America’s commitment to democracy and diplomatic engagement.

“Let me erase any lingering doubt: the United States will work closely with our European partners,” Biden said. “I know the last few years have tested our transatlantic relationship. But the United States is determined — determined to reengage with Europe, to consult with you, to earn back our position of leadership.”

Biden took a starkly different tone from former President Donald Trump during his remarks, especially on the NATO alliance and Russia.

Trump spent years bashing NATO and attacking fellow members on the subject of defense spending. Biden reassured NATO allies that the US has their back. “We’ll keep faith with Article 5,” Biden said,…

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