During a White House press conference on Monday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan took a couple questions from reporters asking how the US can convince its Euro allies that things are back to "normal" now that Trump is no longer president.
PBS's White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor first took to the floor and asked about how to deal with the "scars" of the "traumatized" European leaders:
"My question is: can you talk a bit about how President Biden plans to convince, especially our European Allies, that President ... former President Trump, was an anomaly in some ways."
"All the things he did to ,in some ways, 'traumatize' those leaders, calling into question the need for NATO, what's the plan there? I'm concerned that those 'scars' are gonna be deeper than his ability to address them in this one trip."
Sullivan replied, "I think our view going into this trip is that actions speak louder than words, and that showing that the US is capable of turning the corner on the pandemic, showing that the US is capable of making the dramatic investments that will pull us up and out .... of this economic recovery [sic] and help power global growth."
"Showing the world that we are ultimately capable of making the investments in R&D and infrastructure, innovation and workforce, ultimately setting that foundation for this country will be the most effective way to show the rest of the world that the US has the power and purpose to be able to deliver as the world's leading democracy."
Another reporter, a bit later, asked Sullivan almost the same question:
“What will you tell our allies that, despite what we’ve seen in the past, that we have returned to normal?”
Sullivan answered, "I think the best way to answer that question, and this builds on what I said to Yamiche, is: what President Biden can do is show the rest of the world what America is capable of."
"If we can lead the world in ending the COVID-19 pandemic more rapidly, if the growth we are powering for the American people here at home helps power a global economic recovery, if we can help rally, as the President did with his climate leader summit action on the climate crisis, so that we can actually beat this thing ultimately..."
"That is gonna be the best way for people to say 'yeah, the US can do this, they can deliver, and we will stand up and stand behind them."