Blasting Trump, Biden pledges global summit on democracy

news.yahoo.com | 7/11/2019 | Staff
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New York (AFP) - Denouncing President Donald Trump as an affront to American values, Democratic candidate Joe Biden vowed Thursday that if elected he would hold a summit aimed at halting a backslide in global democracy.

The former vice president, who leads early polls for the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump in next year's election, said his foreign policy would be "based on clear goals driven by sound strategies, not by Twitter tantrums."

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"The world sees Trump for what he is: insincere, ill-informed and impulsive -- and sometimes corrupt, dangerously incompetent and incapable, in my view, of world leadership and leadership at home," Biden said in a speech on foreign policy in New York.

Biden chastised Trump for downplaying human rights and voiced alarm at the "rapid advance of authoritarianism, nationalism and illiberal tendencies around the world" even among US allies, naming Hungary, the Philippines and Turkey.

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He said he would hold a summit in the United States...
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