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Biden stresses U.S. commitment to NATO; Manchin to oppose president’s nominee for budget post

President Biden walks along the colonnade as he heads to the Oval Office after arriving at the White House this month. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
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President Biden pledged Friday that the United States is “fully committed” to NATO after four years of former president Donald Trump railing against the alliance. During a major address to the Munich Security Conference, Biden also warned that “democratic progress is under assault” in many parts of the world, including the United States and Europe.

On Friday afternoon, Biden traveled to Michigan, where he sought to reassure Americans about the safety of the coronavirus vaccine and took aim at Trump’s handling of the pandemic. “I can’t give you a date when this crisis will end, but I can tell you we’re doing everything possible to have that day come sooner rather than later,” Biden said in remarks after touring a coronavirus vaccine manufacturing plant.

Later Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) announced his opposition to Biden’s choice of Neera Tanden to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget, citing her personal attacks on lawmakers. Given likely uniform opposition among Republicans, Manchin’s stance could halt Tanden’s nomination. Biden said Friday that he will not pull Tanden’s nomination, despite Manchin’s opposition.

Here’s what to know:

  • The United States has officially rejoined the Paris climate accord and is seeking to repair the country’s standing among nations in the global fight against climate change after Trump’s decision to exit the agreement.
  • The White House is throwing its support behind a global push to distribute coronavirus vaccines equitably, pledging $4 billion to a multilateral effort that was spurned by the Trump administration.
  • Biden formally announced his selection of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, a veteran of the Obama administration, to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, filling a major role in his health-care leadership team.