President Joe Biden said the US can provide support to Israel and Ukraine while still maintaining, “our overall international defense,” in an interview excerpt aired Sunday morning.
“We have the capacity to do this and we have an obligation to, we are the essential nation,” Biden said on CBS News, paraphrasing a famous quote from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
“We're the United States of America for God's sake, the most powerful nation in the history — not in the world, in the history of the world. The history of the world. We can take care of both of these and still maintain our overall international defense,” Biden said, when asked if the US could take on both wars at the same time. “And if we don't, who does?” the president noted.
A pillar of Biden’s presidency has been to reassert America’s global leadership, which is supported, the White House argues, by the president’s lifetime of experience and worldview, and which his allies said will guide his next steps through remarkably uneven geopolitical crosscurrents of aid for Israel, funding for Ukraine and relations with Iran, CNN previously reported.
The full interview airs on CBS "60 Minutes" tonight.