RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

President Biden is about to face a bunch of critics who complain that he has broken a promise.

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PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: America is back. I speak today as President of the United States at the very start of my administration. And I’m sending a clear message to the world. America is back.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

That in February. And he said he was going to restore the alliances that kept the U.S. safe and cut back public clashes with allies, for which his predecessor was known. Months later, the United States is in the middle of more clashes with allies. And that is the context of his speech to the United Nations today.

MARTIN: We’ve got NPR White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe with us. Hi, Ayesha.

AYESHA RASCOE, BYLINE: Good morning.

MARTIN: A lot riding on this speech today. What can we expect from the president?

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