Biden issues surprise medal at NATO and turns up pageantry with presidency on the line

President Joe Biden stepped onto the world stage when he addressed the opening ceremony of the 75th NATO summit as Democrats reconsider him as their nominee this election cycle.

Using the trappings of the presidency, Biden contrasted himself to former President Donald Trump during his remarks, which were delivered from a teleprompter. But he also borrowed from his predecessor’s political playbook by awarding a surprised outgoing NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg the country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“This moment in history calls to our collective strength,” Biden told the crowd Tuesday. “Autocrats have overturned global order. Terrorist groups continue to plot evil schemes, cause mayhem and chaos and suffering. In Europe, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin‘s war of aggression against
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