CNN host Fareed Zakaria observed Sunday that under the leadership of President Joe Biden, the era of global American dominance is over.
What is the background?
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates declined calls with Biden as Russia's war in Ukraine intensified.
According to the report, relations between the U.S. and the Middle Eastern kingdoms have strained under Biden. However, the White House denied the truth of the report.
"That report is inaccurate, so let me start there," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. "The president did speak with the Saudi king just a few weeks ago, several weeks ago, it’s all running together at this point in time. There were no rebuffed calls, period."
What did Zakaria say?
According to Zakaria, Russia's war in Ukraine marks a new era of world history and in particular highlights evidence of America's diminishing influence on the global stage.
"One of the defining features of the new era is that it is post-American. By that I mean that the Pax Americana of the past three decades is over," Zakaria said. "You can see signs of this everywhere."
To prove his thesis, Zakaria cited the the Journal report and Biden's failure to lead a coalition of world powers against Russia.
"Consider that according to the Wall Street Journal the leaders of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, two countries that have depended on Washington for their security for decades, refuse to even take phone calls from the American president," Zakaria explained. "Consider as well that Israel initially in the Security Council vote and India have refused to describe Putin's actions as an invasion and that all four countries have made it clear they will continue to do business with Russia."
It is not all bad, according to Zakaria, who observed that America "remains the world's leading power, still stronger than all the rest by far."
Comedian Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show," made a similar argument last week. In fact, Noah said Saudi Arabia and the UAE would not have snubbed Donald Trump as they allegedly did Biden.
"That must have been really embarrassing for Biden. Can you imagine? He phones them and they don’t pick up?" Noah said.
"Now, according to the White House, this story is totally untrue. They deny it, which I would, too. But either way, man, there is no denying that Saudi Arabia isn’t playing ball with Joe Biden," Noah added. "And you know what? You can say what you want, but this would have never happened to Donald Trump. Never."