At this point even Biden must know that Trump is a smarter leader than him.
Upon assuming office, President Biden pledged to reverse many of his predecessor’s policies, but there have been instances of him retaining or reverting to Trump-era initiatives. One notable shift was the designation of Yemen’s Houthi rebels as a “global terrorist group” and the discontinuation of US funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in January. This move echoed actions taken by former President Trump in 2021 and 2018, which Biden initially undid but later reinstated. How awkward!
Biden’s decision to provide over $730 million to UNRWA during the rapprochement has drawn attention, as it strengthened the organization’s ties with Hamas, a connection that has been extensively documented. The Houthi rebels, responsible for reinstating slavery in Yemen in 2019, have a long-standing commitment to the destruction of the United States, as reflected in their official slogan.
Another policy reversal involved the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, with Biden initially lifting tough sanctions imposed by Trump in May 2021. However, he later reimposed these sanctions just hours before Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. The pipeline was eventually destroyed in September 2022 under mysterious circumstances, leading to speculations about U.S. involvement, which the U.S. government has denied.
Biden’s approach to border security also underwent changes. Despite vowing during his 2020 campaign not to build “another foot” of Trump’s border wall, he later cleared the way for new construction in October, citing a surge in illegal immigration.
Additionally, Biden’s stance on domestic oil drilling on federal land evolved. Initially pledging to end such drilling, he reversed course in April 2022 amid concerns about high energy prices impacting the economy. These policy flip-flops have raised questions about the consistency of Biden’s administration and have been highlighted by critics, who argue that Trump’s influence is evident in various policy decisions. GOP consultant Luke Thompson suggests that these inconsistencies could be a focal point if Biden resorts to similar rhetoric in the 2024 election.