US President Joseph R. Biden's communication repertoire includes Videotaped telephone conversations. On the other hand, foreign policy has rarely been seen in them.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, US President Joseph R. Biden and Republic President Sauli Niinistö met in the spring at the White House regarding NATO membership. [email protected] Today at 14:37
On Saturday, the President of the Republic Sauli Niinistöpublished a video on Twitter of a call in which he talks together with US President Joseph R. Biden and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson.
Now the office of the President of the Republic reports that the video was created in cooperation with the Office of the President of the Republic, the White House and with the Office of the Prime Minister of Sweden. The White House was responsible for the production.
President Niinistö published a cool “action video” of his call with Biden and Andersson
– Communication is close and continuous between the United States and Finland and Sweden. Partners bring security. Niinistö writes on Twitter in the video about Tuesday's call with President Biden and Prime Minister Andersson.
In the call initiated by the United States, Niinistö jokes that the US Senate had even higher approval for Finland's NATO membership than the parliament.
President Biden, on the other hand, states that Finland and Sweden have 110 percent support from the United States.
The Chancellery will not comment further on the actual practical arrangements regarding the video.
Fun calls and good news
Biden's repertoire of political communications has included sharing videotaped phone calls on social media. On Mother's Day in 2021, he called the country's Minister of Labor Martin J. Walshwith the minister's mother. Unfortunately, the call went to voicemail, where Biden left a funny message for the minister's mother.
– I'm sure it won't surprise you that your son is doing a damn good job, Biden praised the minister.
Last February, Biden, on the other hand, picked up the phone and made a surprise call to Ketanji Brown Jackson, which was filmed by the White House. Biden had some good news to share. He would appoint Jackson as a judge of the Supreme Court.
During the call, Jackson is really excited about the information he has received.
– I'm totally blown away, Jackson says.< /p>
– You deserve it, Biden responds.
– We are so grateful. Thank you Mr. President, Jackson says.
At the end of the call, Biden praises Jackson's professionalism.
Stoltenberg stands out
Many of the video calls produced by the White House are related to the country's domestic politics. Among other things, President Biden has called ordinary citizens and told how his political reforms have affected their interests.
Additionally, in November 2021, Biden made a seemingly spontaneous call to basketball player Khris Middleton, who did not get to visit the White House like his colleagues. The video call was made on the phone of another basketball player who arrived on the scene.
In contrast, videos dealing with foreign policy have been rarer. After his inauguration in January 2021, Biden called NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
During the call, the gentlemen vowed good and close cooperation. The call is significant in the sense that during the term of the previous president Donald Trump, the United States made a break with NATO and the defense of Europe.
– I am going to rebuild and establish our alliances and I will start with NATO. As you know from our previous meetings, I strongly, strongly, strongly support our common defense based on shared democratic values, Biden says.
During the call, Biden also reaffirms the United States' commitment to NATO's Article 5, which concerns the common defense.
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