The president of the United States has not contacted his Spanish counterpart since he won the November 2020 elections
It seemed that United States President Joe Biden had forgotten to call his colleague Pedro Sanchez. But everything comes in due time, some of Moncloa will think. A total of 222 days will have to pass for the White House tenant to speak for the first time with the President of the Spanish Government. The meeting, next Monday in Brussels, will be the first contact between the two since Biden arrived at the White House on January 20, since there was not even a first contact after his victory against Donald Trump in the elections of November 3.
The only time the two leaders have seen each other has been by videoconference during the Climate Summit. This lack of communication between White House and Moncloa It has attracted the attention of analysts and journalists, since a priori there are no recent disagreements between the two governments.
Since he won Donald Trump, Biden has spoken with more than 30 foreign leaders and with some of them he has done so on several occasions. From Moncloa they have always transmitted normality and tranquility in this regard. Spanish Government sources assured LA RAZÓN that “contacts with the Biden Administration are common since the inauguration of the US president.”
The White House only prepares a conversation with a foreign president if there is a geostrategic interest behind it. The US Deputy Under Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, Molly Montgomery, He explained a few days ago that Biden would speak with Sánchez when “circumstances permit.” It seems that the summit of the OTAN in Brussels it is the best option for the North American president.
Biden’s delay in contacting Sánchez contrasts with Barack Obama’s modus operandi after his victory in the 2008 presidential elections. In November of that year, Obama called José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero four days after winning to John McCainn. Some more time took him to Trump to contact Mariano Rajoy, whom he telephoned 35 days after winning against all odds to Hillary Clinton in 2016, before taking office as head of the White House.
The meeting, not yet confirmed by the White House, is “important”, they say in Moncloa, because it is possible that Spain will host the NATO summit in 2022.
The highest-ranking contact between the governments of Spain and the United States so far has been that maintained by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, with the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, on February 16.