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A fractured Americas summit seeks consensus from Biden

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

Despite the absence of some notable Latin American counterparts, President Joe Biden is pushing for regional progress on economic development, climate change, and migration during this week's Summit of the Americas.

First time since 1994 that the United States hosted the conference, Biden and his team brought an end to the considerable controversy regarding which world leaders would attend.

In addition to meeting with the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and the Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, the U.S. president also delivered a speech to the broader group of attendees on Thursday. As part of her meeting with Caribbean leaders on clean energy, the Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a brunch for spouses to build relationships.

“At this summit,” Biden said in his opening remarks Wednesday night, “we have an opportunity for us to come together around some bold ideas, ambitious actions and to demonstrate to our people the incredible power of democracies to deliver concrete benefits and make life better for everyone. Everyone.”

9 June 2022


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