President Joe Biden boasted Thursday of his popularity in Europe after meeting with NATO leaders in Brussels.
“One of the things that comforts me is that I don’t think I’ll find a European leader who thinks I’m not up to it,” Joe Biden told reporters at a press conference. “I mean it sincerely.”
The president spoke to reporters after meeting with European leaders on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response to the invasion of Ukraine.
The president bragged about his foreign policy record, sounding quite confident in his response.
“I’ve been in foreign policy longer than anyone involved in this process right now,” he said.
A recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows that 74% of Americans doubt Biden’s ability to effectively manage a crisis.
Thirty-four percent of Americans have “only some confidence” in Biden’s abilities, while 38% said they have “virtually no confidence” in the president to handle a crisis.
Only 46% of Americans in the poll approve of Biden’s handling of the relationship with Russia, while 53% disapprove.
During his press conference, Biden said he was not worried about being re-elected, but rather focused on maintaining Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress.
“No election is worth me not doing exactly what I think is the right thing. Not a joke,” he said. “I’m too long in the tooth to mess with this any longer.”
Retaining majorities in Congress, Biden said, would allow him to continue to “deal rationally with American foreign policy and to lead the world, to be the leader of the free world.”
He recalled his repeated assertion to European leaders that “America is back” and said he understood why some European leaders would wonder how long this would last.
“I don’t blame, I don’t criticize anyone for asking this question, but in the next election I would be very lucky if I had this same man running against me,” he said, referring to the former President Donald Trump.