When French authorities became angry recent week after being left out of an America-led security partnership with the United Kingdom and Australia, much of Washington D.C. was surprised, including the U.S. leader, according to a source familiar with his response.
The American leader met with France’s Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the “Group of Seven” Summit in June but had said nothing about the pending pact to provide Australia with nuclear submarines. Although he knew the agreement would possibly deprive Paris of its contracts worth billions of dollars, executives say the U.S. President was still not ready for the anger that erupted in Paris.
According to French Foreign Minister, Mr. Emmanuel Macron made the unprecedented decision of recalling its top diplomats to Australia and the United States for the first time in modern history. Mr. Biden was receiving consistent briefings on the fallout by the State Secretary Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, and by Sunday, Joe Biden told his advisors he intends to speak with the French leader, hoping for that direct conversation could assist smooth things over.
The half-hour call brings about in Mr. Biden essentially having to issue a ‘mea culpa’ to Emmanuel Macron, an action one official of the White House recognized wasn’t ideal.
Furthermore, the fiasco is the latest sequence of foreign policy crises that’ve erupted over the past weeks for Mr. Biden, ones that both foreign envoys and American officials have stated were totally preventable.
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“Unilateral, Brutal and Unpredictable Decisions Remind Me Of Donald Trump” – French Foreign Minister
The United States and foreign executives say they’ve been baffled and dismayed by the Joe Biden government’s two recent, significant diplomatic failures, first in the execution of its pullout from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and then by enraging its oldest partner, French Republic, by keeping the country uninformed about the nuclear-powered submarine agreement, dubbed as AUKUS.
Jean-Yves le Drian, French Foreign Minister, told France Info radio that one-sided, brutal and unpredictable decisions remind him of what former US President Trump used to do. This is not done between partners.
Those envoys said there’s intense interest in their capitals as to why that’s happening, given the fact that Joe Biden and several of his officials served in the Barack Obama’s government, an experience that should have left them seasoned enough to communicate more comprehensibly, plan more mindfully and put into effect more efficiently.
However, recently, there have been many surprises, the major being the swift Taliban takeover. The messy and inconceivable pullout was also capped by a major tragedy when an American drone attack mistakenly targeted an Afghan aid worker and killed ten innocent people, including seven children.
Furthermore, addressing the country in August, the U.S. leader said his government hadn’t anticipated the Afghan capital to fall so rapidly. They’re clear-eyed about the uncertainty. They also planned for every eventuality. But he always pledged the Americans he would be straight with them. The fact is, that disclosed more quickly that they’d expected.