President Joe Biden’s foreign policy incompetence has been on full display with consequences from his completely botched withdrawal from Afghanistan still unfolding in tandem with the fallout from Wednesday’s submarine deal with Australia that has seriously hampered the U.S.’s relationship with its oldest ally, France.
French President Emmanuel Macron ordered the recall of France’s ambassadors to the United States and Australia on Friday after the U.S. effectively dissolved a $90 billion submarine contract with Australia’s government that France won in 2016 in favor of a partnership with the United States.
“This exceptional decision is justified by the exceptional gravity of the announcements made on 15th September by Australia and the United States,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement after characterizing the decision as a “stab in the back” to Franceinfo the day before.
“The cancellation of the Attack class submarine program binding Australia and France since 2016, and the announcement of a new partnership with the United States meant to launch studies on a possible future cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines, constitute unacceptable behavior between allies and partners, whose consequences directly affect the vision we have of our alliances, of our partnerships and of the importance of the Indo-Pacific for Europe,” Le Drian added.
France is recalling its ambassador to the US. White House has not yet responded with a public statement. pic.twitter.com/5mNTWHNpH0
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) September 17, 2021
Biden administration officials claim that they gave France ample notice of the new pact between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, President Joe Biden, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but it appears that France found out just hours before.
The pact involves the creation of an enhanced trilateral security partnership called “AUKUS” which will allow the U.S. and the U.K. to share highly sensitive nuclear submarine technology with Australia.
This is likely the first time an ambassador to France has ever been recalled from the United States in the history of the alliance between the two countries.
Earlier this year, Russia recalled its ambassador to the U.S. after Biden agreed that Russian President Vladimir Putin was a “killer” in an interview with ABC News. The U.S. recalled its ambassador to Russia in retaliation, but both officials have since been returned.
France is recalling its ambassador to the United States. As far as I know, this is the first time this happens in the countries’ histories.
— Benjamin Haddad (@benjaminhaddad) September 17, 2021
The United States has been “in close touch” with its French partners on the decision to recall Ambassador Etienne according to National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne.
“We understand their position and will continue to be engaged in the coming days to resolve our differences, as we have done at other points over the course of our long alliance. France is our oldest ally and one of our strongest partners, and we share a long history of shared democratic values and a commitment to working together to address global challenges,” Horne explained.
In a statement that offered too little, too late, State Department spokesman Ned Price tried to affirm America’s loyalty to the Transatlantic Alliance, saying it “has fostered security, stability, and prosperity around the world for more than seven decades, and our commitment to those bonds and our work together is unwavering.”
[1 of 3]: We have been in close contact with our French allies. We understand their position, and we are aware of their plans to recall Ambassador Etienne to Paris for consultations. France is a vital partner & our oldest ally, and we place the highest value on our relationship. pic.twitter.com/xLci8Y8V6V
— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) September 18, 2021
“We hope to continue our discussion on this issue at the senior level in coming days, including at UNGA next week, in line with our close bilateral partnership and commitment to cooperation on a range of issues, including the Indo-Pacific,” Price said, mentioning the United Nations General Assembly that both Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are set to attend.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby claimed Friday that senior government officials from the United States have been in touch with their French counterparts, but that “it was clear from the discussion that there is still much work to do in terms of our defense relationship with France,” Kirby said, later clarifying that “work” revolves around shared challenges and interests.
“There is no regional divide that separates the interests of our Atlantic and our pacific partners,” Kirby added.
Twitter was not kind to President Biden, who jetted off early to the beach in Delaware on Friday afternoon, in total disregard of the Pentagon’s confirmation that a drone strike in Afghanistan last month killed seven children, news that 10,000 migrants are flooding a bridge in Texas, the FDA rejecting the administration’s push for universal booster recommendations and of course, the French ambassador’s recall.
All horrible news stories breaking within hours of one another for an administration which remained mum.
The Biden Admin just admitted they bombed an innocent family for headlines
The top US general is giving our war plans to China
France just pulled their ambassador from DC
Joe is on another long Delaware weekend
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 17, 2021
Drone strike kills 7 kids confirmed
France recalling their ambassador.
10,000 migrants flooding a bridge in Texas
FDA comes our against Biden booster plans
Lot to ask Psaki about today.. wait.. https://t.co/qTrc821I8s
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 17, 2021
*Over 10k illegal immigrants are living under a bridge in Del Rio.
*Defense announced the 8/29 drone strike didn’t kill ISIS fighters.
*FDA rejected Biden’s stunt politicizing vaccine boosters.
*France recalled its ambassador to the U.S.
And Biden is on vacation.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) September 17, 2021
France recalling its ambassador is a much, much bigger deal than the media will admit. @JoeBiden ran as a foreign policy expert and in his first year his actions jeopardize diplomatic relations with our nation’s oldest ally. 🇫🇷
And Joe went to the beach. FFS. 🤦♂️
— Daniel Turner (@DanielTurnerPTF) September 18, 2021
Great bias on display here. Leftist pundits agreed all day long with European hatred of Trump, even though what did he *do* beyond saying stuff about NATO? UK censure Biden and France withdraws ambassador, but now Europe’s “petty”. https://t.co/YW4F8uBWiV
— Chris Oldman (@ChrisOldman4) September 18, 2021
In the last couple hours:
1. France pulls ambassador over diplomatic complaints
2. Defense acknowledges drone strike badly botched
3. FDA panel votes against authorizing boosters for most adults (but approves for 65+), a week before admin planned broader rollout.
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) September 17, 2021
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