James Thurber, the founder of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, believes that relations with Russia will not be any easier than they were under President Donald Trump.
Joseph Biden will be very tough on the Russian leadership, as well as on other leaders with whom he disagrees. This opinion was expressed on Saturday in an interview with a TASS correspondent, Professor Emeritus of Public Administration, founder of the Center for Congressional and President Studies at the American University, James Thurber.
“Joseph Biden will be very tough [with Russian President Vladimir] Putin, as well as with other leaders with whom he disagrees,” Turber said. “He will fully support NATO, involve international organizations to achieve American goals.” “Biden will fully support Ukraine,” he added. According to the professor, relations with the Russian Federation will not be easier than they were under President Donald Trump.
“We [Americans] are still very divided. Biden is likely to be dealing with a very polarized Senate and House of Representatives of Congress, the agency’s source continued. “It will be difficult to achieve goals in terms of foreign, defense, and even trade policy.”
At the same time, the expert noted that the former vice president knows world leaders well. In his opinion, Biden will restore dialogue with the World Health Organization, which is actively criticized by the current head of the White House. In addition, Washington may again join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
Trump, the professor said, “broke the rules when he first started the election race. <…> Historically, the candidate who lost the elections showed politeness and openness in supporting the new president. I don’t think it will happen [this time], ” the professor said. – Trump will have time, being a “lame duck” (this is the name of the outgoing president – approx. TASS), to pass executive orders. He can fire someone. “
At the same time, Turber does not expect Trump to abandon criticism of the elections. “[The current US president] will continue to make statements, it is unlikely that he will easily abandon criticism of the elections. He will continue to claim that this is [the results] fraud, ”the expert is convinced.
In his opinion, this situation will lead to the fact that party members turn away from the republican. “Within two to three weeks there will be few supporters among senators and Republican leaders,” he said.