Biden Honors WWII Heroes, Criticizes Putin in Normandy Speech

President Biden made a visit to Pointe du Hoc, a spot in France where American troops fought during World War II. He spoke out against Russian President Vladimir Putin and warned about the revival of “hateful ideologies” from the 1930s and 1940s. He honored the Army’s 2nd Ranger Battalion, led by Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder, who scaled 100-foot cliffs at Pointe du Hoc on June 6, 1944, to defeat Nazi weapons firing on U.S. soldiers at Omaha and Utah beaches.

The President emphasized that these courageous rangers put their country first and “fought to defeat a hateful ideology in the ’30s and ’40s.” He asked if anyone doubts that they would also fight against hateful ideologies today. President Biden, along with elderly veterans and foreign leaders, visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial to mark D-Day and then went to Pointe du Hoc the next day.

During his speech, Mr. Biden praised the rangers’ dedication and perseverance, saying, “They had only 30 minutes to eliminate the Nazi guns behind these cliffs.” The President also mentioned his upcoming state visit with French President Emmanuel Macron, where they would discuss the war in Ukraine and other important issues.

President Biden, who is running for reelection in November, is using his time on the world stage to show his belief in strong international alliances and to warn against anything that might threaten democracies. This implies a difference in approach from former President Donald Trump’s stance. Mr. Biden emphasized the importance of American democracy and its reliance on the belief that “we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves.” He underscored the challenges that come with maintaining a democracy.

These actions are part of President Biden’s commitment to promoting unity and stability both at home and abroad, particularly as the global political landscape continues to evolve.

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