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Watching Biden at G7 vs Trump at NATO Shows How Weak America Looks to the World Right Now

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President Joe Biden’s first overseas trip of his term to attend the G7 summit in Great Britain provides a sad contrast to the America First approach offered by former President Donald Trump.

Biden had already pleased Europe’s leaders before he arrived by re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement and seeking to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal.

The Biden administration announced Thursday it was lifting some sanctions on Tehran in hopes of reigniting the stalled talks.

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These agreements are detrimental to the U.S. economic and national security, but Biden, the globalist, apparently does not care.

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French President Emmanuel Macron, no doubt, approves of both moves, as he was highly critical of Trump concerning the matters.

The former U.S. president didn’t agree with the European leader’s assessment. Too bad.

A few weeks ago, Biden also curried some favor among leaders in Europe by removing sanctions put in place by Trump on the Swiss-based company building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and its CEO Matthias Warnig, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Reuters reported.

The pipeline will transport natural gas from Russia to Germany.

Biden justified the move saying, “To go ahead and impose sanctions now would, I think, be counter-productive in terms of our European relations.”

Apparently, he did not have the same concerns about Canadian relations when he pulled the approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline. That move killed approximately 11,000 American jobs and undermined the United States’ energy security.

Trump opposed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline because it made Germany and other European nations dependent on the whims of Putin to meet their vital energy needs.

The Russian leader has not been shy in the past in cutting off the flow of natural gas or threatening to do so (actual or implied) to force compliance from Ukraine.

At the 2017 G7 summit, Trump ruffled some feathers when he refused to sign onto the group’s climate initiatives.

By contrast, Biden was seen strolling arm-in-arm with Macron at the G7 on Friday with other European leaders walking close by.

At the North American Treaty Organization meeting which immediately preceded the G7 in 2017, Trump received a lot of media coverage when he pushed his way to the front of the group of leaders.

It was a kind of silly moment, but certainly, Trump was making a point that the U.S. would not be marginalized by the NATO counties, especially when the American taxpayer is footing much of the bill to fund and man the organization.

Trump also came armed with a tough message for the member nations — they needed to live up to the spending and military commitments NATO requires.

In his almost five months in office, Biden has shown himself to be inept in so many ways, but foreign policy certainly tops the list, whether it’s the Paris Climate Accord, Iran, the Keystone XL, Central America, China, the Middle East — you name it.

Robert Gates, who served as secretary of defense in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, called Biden’s overall foreign policy judgment into question in his 2014 book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.“

Gates wrote that the former Delaware senator — first elected to office in 1972 at the age of 29 — is “simply impossible not to like,” but he has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

In a 2014 NPR interview, Gates — who also served as CIA director in the early ’90s — rattled off examples such as Biden’s belief that Iranians’ human rights would improve following the deposing of the Shah, as well as his opposition to former President Ronald Reagan’s defense build-up, the first Gulf War and the surge of U.S. troops into Afghanistan in 2009.

“So on a number of these major issues, I just — I, frankly, over a long period of time … I think he had been wrong,” Gates said.

Gates stood by that assessment in a May 2019 CBS News interview shortly after Biden announced his candidacy for president.

Robert Charles, the former assistant secretary of state under President George W. Bush, also found Biden’s foreign policy judgment wanting.

“If you go back in time this is a guy who wanted to divide up Iraq. He opposed the [Osama] bin Laden raid. In favor of the phony Iran deal and sending cash to them,” Charles told Fox News.

The world felt more secure and U.S. interests clearly understood with Trump at the helm, as he put America first.

With Biden’s love for globalism and placing Americans’ interests last, the U.S. seems destined to enter some choppy waters ahead.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Off-Duty Firefighter Jumped by Mob Who Tell Him It's 'Fight Night' Before Brutal Beating

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Asking for a little old-fashioned respect can be the prelude to a beatdown in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City. The New York Post has released video of a Friday night incident in which a rabid mob of teenagers surrounded and then attacked an off-duty firefighter as he walked his dog near his home in the borough of Queens. Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who founded the civic protection group the Guardian Angels in 1979, posted the video to Twitter. Warning: The following video contains graphic images and language that some readers will find disturbing. Last night in Middle Village a mob of kids attacked a man who asked them to stop blasting fireworks. #NYPD from the 104th precinct were there but did nothing. The community reached out to #NYC Mayoral candidate #CurtisSliwa & the #GuardianAngels to find these vicious teens pic.twitter.com/uVJkBUJ0L1 — Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) July 24, 2021 The 44-year-old victim, whose name was not released by the Post, said he is among those who have objected to the deterioration of his community,  and taken the dangerous stand of telling teenagers to behave as if rules really mattered. Retribution for preaching civility arrived Friday night. “There were at least 100 kids … I was walking my dog. They just picked me out and approached me,” the firefighter told the Post in a Saturday interview. “One kid took his shirt off and said, ‘it’s fight night!’ He said he was 19 and said, ‘I could fight you.’ Everyone took their cell phones out. There were cell phones everywhere,” the victim said. “They all came at me…A kid came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with a bottle and I let go of the dog,” he said. With the dog barking…

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Olympic Cyclist Celebrates Victory as She Crosses the Finish Line, Then Learns a Gold Medal Isn't Coming

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Neither the gold medal winner nor the woman who celebrated when she thought she had won could quite believe the results of the women’s Olympic bicycle road race on Sunday. Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten put on a massive gold medal-worthy display of victory as she crossed the finish line. But there was one catch. Anna Keisenhofer of Austria had been so far ahead of the rest of the pack that two minutes before van Vleuten had celebrated her finish, Keisenhofer had already had won the race,  according to Cycling News. Van Vleuten waved her arms in triumph and embraced members of her team, only to learn the truth after someone knowing the facts poured cold water on the celebration. Olympics: Van Vleuten celebrates but mistakes silver for goldhttps://t.co/2twUgBGbht #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/fV1qpmtfiw — Cyclingnews.com (@Cyclingnewsfeed) July 25, 2021 “I didn’t know. I was wrong. I didn’t know,” she said. “This is an example (of what happens) if you ride an important race like this without communication. All World Tour races have communication, and now it’s the three of us standing here and wondering who has actually won,” van Vleuten said, referring to teammates Marianne Vos and Anna van der Breggen, according to CNN. In most races, cyclists are in radio communication with their teams, but that is not allowed in the Olympics. “I’m gutted about that, of course,” she said. Although the realization that she had not won a gold medal hurt, van Vleuten said winning a silver medal remained an achievement. “I’m really proud of the medal, because I did not have an Olympic medal. It’s also a silver medal with a shine on it, because I felt super good today,” said van Vleuten. “My goal was to be at my best-ever level here, and I think I nailed that. It’s…

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