BRUSSELS – President Biden on Monday blasted what he called “bogus populism” of former President Donald J. Trump, using the global platform of his prime NATO summit to criticize its predecessor. But he expressed optimism that the Republican Party is starting to reject the political dominance exercised by Mr. Trump over the past four years.
“I think it’s passing,” Biden told reporters after being asked about the reaction of foreign leaders to Republican membership in Mr. Trump’s election lies. “I don’t mean go easy. This is why it is so important that I am successful in my program.
Mr. Biden’s willingness to directly appeal to his predecessor departs from his usual tendency to ignore Mr. Trump. And it happened on Mr. Biden’s first overseas trip, just two days before he met one of Mr. Trump’s biggest boosters, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.
In his remarks, Biden also targeted Republican senators who he said “knew best” how to oppose an investigation into the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, saying many are doing so because they fear they will. be opposed by a more conservative party. main opponent.
But he said he doesn’t feel the need to speak with foreign leaders about Mr. Trump’s grip on the Republican Party in the United States because he doesn’t think the former president’s influence will hurt. its ability to meet its global commitments.
“The Republican Party is greatly diminished in number,” Mr. Biden said. “The leadership of the Republican Party is fractured and the Trump wing of the party is the bulk of the party, but it constitutes a significant minority of the American people.” American officials in the past have generally made a point of leaving domestic politics. delay when traveling abroad. But the outdated saying that politics stops at the water’s edge has been smashed to pieces by Mr. Trump, who often used trips abroad to rail against political enemies at home. Mr Biden’s comments on the opposing side were docile, by comparison, but still marked an unusual violation of standards by a president determined to restore them at home and abroad.
Mr. Biden’s optimism about the future of the Republican Party is not shared by many in his party, who have publicly expressed fears that Republicans are increasingly in the grip of Mr. Trump, this which makes them reluctant to participate in give and take. govern in Washington.
And officials across Europe have said they are still poised for a return to Trumpism if Republicans take control of Congress in 2022 or if someone like Mr. Trump – or Mr. Trump himself – wins. the White House again in 2024. This fear makes some leaders around the world worried about whether America’s long-term commitments can be sustained.
Mr Biden said he didn’t care.
“I’m not making promises to anyone that I don’t think will likely be kept,” he insisted.
He also said the Republican Party appeared to be changing.
“I think you’re going to see that, God willing, we’re going to make some progress,” he said. “And there’s going to be a merger of a lot of Republicans, especially younger Republicans, coming into the party.”