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Amid tensions with France following a new tripartite agreement with the United Kingdom and Australia facing his international peers following the United States’ chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Biden was scheduled to deliver his first speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning. are ready for While the whole world is battling with COVID-19.

The president is set to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, with administration officials describing the event as a “huge opportunity” for Biden.

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When asked about the many woes facing the Biden administration, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said it was “what you do as president.”

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“You navigate crises, you weather hurricanes and we’re definitely doing that right now,” Psaki said on “CBS This Morning.”

“But it’s a huge opportunity for the president today. He’s obviously been on the world stage for a long time, but he’s going to say to the world, to all the leaders in the room, we’re not looking inward,” he said. “After we end 20 years of war, we are going to look outside and we are going to prioritize what is most important to address – whether it is the climate crisis, whether it is cyber threats, whether it is for counter-terrorism partners. Keep working together.”

She added: “And that’s what we need to focus our resources and focus and our eyes on – and we’re going to do that through rebuilding our partners and partners.”

Biden has so far ignored questions about the United States’ chaotic withdrawal of all military assets from Afghanistan, which was completed on August 31 after the country fell to the Taliban.

The US evacuated more than 124,000 people, including at least 6,000 American citizens and thousands of Afghan allies and partners. Thirteen US service members were killed during the return. The administration said at least 100 Americans who wanted to leave were left behind.

Biden has also come under pressure from France after French President Emmanuel Macron recalled his ambassadors from the US and Australia following a new trilateral agreement between the United States, United Kingdom and Australia (AUKUS) centered on the Indo-Pacific . The agreement is set to focus on developing Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine capabilities – an effort that France was working to undertake with Australia. France had previously signed an agreement to send French-made submarines to Australia.

The French are pushing for clarification and clarification this week when Biden and Macron connect over the phone. Psaki explained that Biden would try to reassure “key partners and allies”, but said the US has no intention of withdrawing from the AUKUS agreement.

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“We have a long, lasting relationship, friendship and alliance with France. What we’re talking about here is an economic deal,” Saki said. “We have the best nuclear technology in the world. And the Australians wanted our technology before that. They were buying it from France. We understand they are unhappy with it.”

He said Biden would use his address on Tuesday to “tell the Coalition who we are.”

“We are going to build and solve these issues in the world based on those alliances – climate, cyber, terrorism, whatever,” Saki said.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has suggested that the United States may promote a Cold War with China, describing relations between the US and China as dysfunctional.

Psaki said the Biden administration does not “agree” with Guterres’ assessment.

“The president met him last night and told him you don’t need to be worried that we are trying to start a cold war with China,” Saki said. “This is not what the United States is going to do.”

Psaki said Biden would address the matter in his address on Tuesday, while maintaining that the US views its relationship with China “through the prism of competition.”

Earlier this month, Biden spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping over the phone for the second time as president.

“China is a competitor, but it is not a country we want to contend with,” Saki said. “So people will hear the president talking about where we have issues, we will raise them, but we will also look at areas where we can work together and we need to work together.”

Officials also said Biden would communicate Tuesday that he “does not believe in the notion of a new Cold War in which the world is divided into blocs.”