Washington — NATO leaders gathering in Washington beginning Tuesday plan to shore up transatlantic help for Ukraine in its battle in opposition to Russia. But for the host, President Biden, the summit has change into simply as a lot about demonstrating he is able to assembly the grinding calls for of the presidency for 4 extra years.

Heads of state from Europe and North America are confronting the prospect of the return to the Oval Office of NATO skeptic Donald Trump as Mr. Biden tries to save his reelection marketing campaign, which has been in a tailspin following a disastrous June 27 debate efficiency in opposition to Trump.

The president mentioned his work on the summit, the place NATO is celebrating 75 years, could be a great way to evaluate his continued skill to do the job. He factors to his work rallying NATO members in its stiff response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a first-rate instance of his regular management and among the many causes he deserves one other 4 years within the White House.

“Our allies are searching for U.S. management,” Mr. Biden mentioned in an MSNBC interview Monday. “Who else do you assume can step in right here and do that? I expanded NATO. I solidified NATO. I made certain that we’re ready the place we now have a coalition of … nations around the globe to take care of China, with Russia, with every part that is occurring on the planet. We’re making actual progress.”

Making his case  

Mr. Biden is in a blitz to influence voters, Democrats and donors that he is nonetheless as much as the job. He’s been making his case on the marketing campaign path, in a defiant letter to Democratic lawmakers and through pleasant media interviews over the past a number of days. Still, he faces skepticism from some longtime allies.

Several Democratic House members have publicly referred to as on the president to stop his marketing campaign, different lawmakers in non-public conversations have urged him to step apart, and a number of other high-profile donors have raised issues about his viability within the race.

But within the letter he despatched Monday to congressional Democrats, Mr. Biden mentioned he’s “firmly dedicated” to staying within the race and made clear that he would not be operating once more if he “didn’t completely imagine I used to be the perfect individual to beat Donald Trump in 2024.”

Mr. Biden additionally spoke to Democratic donors in a name, saying he was performed speaking in regards to the debate, in accordance with a CBS News supply accustomed to the dialogue through the name. “I’m not going anyplace and I’m going to beat Trump,” he mentioned within the name, which got here hours after the letter went out.   

The White House hopes to show to wobbly Democrats that Mr. Biden nonetheless has what it takes throughout what’s anticipated to be a busy few days of formal summit conferences, sideline chats with leaders, lengthy diplomatic dinners and receptions and a summit-ending press convention.

Several senior administration officers who spoke to The Associated Press on situation of anonymity to debate inside conversations say the president shows a robust grasp of the broader points – Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the menace posed by China – however on particular and incremental actions that nations or teams could take in the case of these conflicts, Mr. Biden has seemed to be at worst confused or has not appeared to have a eager grasp on find out how to deal with them.

However, the officers say there is not – at the least not but – a disaster in confidence over his normal psychological state.

The summit will give Mr. Biden his first likelihood to fulfill face-to-face with new British Prime Minister Keir Starmer. The president referred to as Starmer final week to congratulate him on his win, and plans to host him Wednesday for talks on the White House.

The Labour Party chief had no issues about Mr. Biden’s psychological acuity throughout their cellphone name, in accordance with a spokesman for the prime minister who spoke on situation of anonymity to debate the non-public name.

The gathering of the leaders from the 32 NATO nations – plus Pacific companions Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, in addition to Ukraine – is anticipated to be one in all Mr. Biden’s final appearances at a world discussion board earlier than Election Day and comes earlier than subsequent week’s Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.

Biden and Trump’s completely different takes on NATO   

Mr. Biden has sought to highlight his dedication to the alliance whereas making the case to voters that Trump would flip his again on NATO if he have been to return to the White House.

Trump has repeatedly criticized fellow NATO members who failed to fulfill an agreed-upon objective of spending at the least 2% of gross home product on protection. European nervousness was heightened in February when Trump warned NATO allies in a marketing campaign speech that he “would encourage” Russia ” to do regardless of the hell they need” to nations that do not meet protection spending targets if he returns to the White House.

Trump has criticized Mr. Biden for offering an “countless circulation of American treasure” to Ukraine. The Republican extra not too long ago has expressed openness to lending cash as an alternative and has mentioned Ukraine’s independence is essential to the United States.

Biden aides have pushed again, noting NATO’s announcement final month that 23 of 32 member nations are hitting the alliance’s protection spending goal this yr. Nine member nations have been assembly the objective when Mr. Biden took workplace in 2021.

The president has additionally taken credit score for the enlargement of NATO. Both Finland and Sweden have joined within the aftermath of Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

“That’s not by chance,” White House nationwide safety spokesman John Kirby mentioned. “That’s due to management. That’s due to a continuing stewardship of the alliance and different partnerships around the globe. The president’s report speaks for itself.”

NATO is anticipated to announce particulars of Ukraine’s pathway to membership into the alliance through the summit. NATO, which is constructed across the foundational settlement that an assault on one member is an assault on all members, has maintained it will not carry Ukraine into the fold till after the battle with Russia ends.

Kirby mentioned leaders may even talk about efforts to arrange a coordination middle in Germany to assist practice, equip and coordinate logistics for Ukraine forces for its anticipated eventual accession into NATO.

The U.S. and allies plan to unveil steps through the summit to strengthen Ukraine’s air defenses and army capabilities to assist it deter Russian aggression, Kirby mentioned.

Ian Brzezinski, a senior fellow on the Washington thinktank the Atlantic Council, mentioned Mr. Biden wants to make use of the summit to “considerably reverse the impression” that he left along with his poor debate efficiency.

“This is an immense alternative for him to steer with vigor and power, to underscore his dedication, the administration’s dedication, for that matter Congress’ dedication to the alliance and to underscore that he brings to the desk the resolve that has made NATO so profitable,” Brzezinski mentioned.