Despite being frequently characterized as a Russian puppet, former President Donald Trump was tougher on Russia in two vital policy areas than President Joe Biden has been so far.
Biden and Trump, to no surprise, have very different styles of conducting foreign affairs. Whereas Trump was oftentimes soft rhetorically on world leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin, the policies enacted by his administration were tough and sent a clear message. So far, Biden seems to be Trump’s opposite on this front. Biden has been tough on Putin and other adversarial leaders rhetorically, but his administration’s policies largely fail to send a similar message.