‘The world needs you,’ Biden told Air Force graduates by Reuters.
© Reuters. US President Joe Biden attends graduation ceremony at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US, June 1, 2023. REUTERS/Kevin LaMarque
COLORADO SPRINGS (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden warned Air Force Academy grads on Thursday that they will face an increasingly unstable world, with challenges from China to Russia to climate change, while vowing that U.S. support for Ukraine will not compromise.
“The world needs you,” Biden told the graduates in Colorado Springs.
Biden praised the strength and unity of NATO and pledged that Sweden, in addition to Finland, would join the military group.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday urged Turkey to immediately finalize Sweden’s accession to NATO, saying the northern country had already taken significant steps to address Ankara’s objections to its membership.
“It will happen, I promise,” Biden said.
The president emphasized the support of the United States to Ukraine in the war with Russia.
“The American people’s support for Ukraine will not be relinquished,” Biden said.
Biden pointed to other challenges facing the United States, including China.
He said that “the United States does not seek conflict or confrontation with China. China and the United States should be able to work together where we can to solve some global challenges, such as climate.”
“But we are ready for strong competition,” he said, adding that the United States will defend its interests and those of its partners.