🇺🇸 Biden’s Unexpected Buddy? 🇮🇹 Italy’s Far-Right PM Meloni Scores a White House Invite 🤝
TL:DR; Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni, a controversial far-right leader, gets the White House welcome mat from President Joe Biden. Discussions range from Ukraine support, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, to migration issues in the Mediterranean.💼🌍
It was an unexpected Thursday at the Capitol in Washington. And not just because it looked like a grand political photoshoot with key Senate members like Roger Wicker, Bob Menendez, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, and Jim Risch. The real show-stealer? Italy’s far-right Premier, Giorgia Meloni. 📸
Meloni, who climbed to power last year as the lead of Italy’s first far-right government post World War II, had many raising eyebrows 🤨 and questioning her rise. Yet here she is, making waves in Washington and hanging out at the White House with President Biden. I mean, who saw that coming? 🤷♀️
But why the unexpected warm embrace from the Biden administration? Simple – Meloni’s staunch backing of the U.S. efforts to help Ukraine against Russia’s invasion. This supportive stance seems to have smoothened over any initial concerns about her political ideology.
However, Ukraine isn’t the only thing on the discussion menu. Word around town is that Biden and Meloni are diving deep into Italy’s involvement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. And if rumors are right, Italy might just take a step back. But hey, wouldn’t that be something? 😲
Also on their chit-chat list? The perilous migration across the Mediterranean. A somber topic, considering over 1,900 migrants have either died or disappeared in the waters this year alone. That’s a staggering 27,675 souls since 2014. Heartbreaking, isn’t it? 💔
White House National Security Council’s John Kirby commented on the budding US-Italy relationship: “On foreign policy issues, there’s a lot of overlap…Italy is a competent NATO ally, and they’ve been great supporters of Ukraine.” So, in the game of international politics, maybe it’s not about friends but about allies? 🤝
Interestingly, the Biden administration was pretty tight with Meloni’s predecessor, Mario Draghi, considering him a major intellectual powerhouse in Europe. However, after Meloni’s win last September, Biden did voice concerns about the emerging hard-right populism in Europe and the U.S. 📢
So, with Meloni’s White House visit, where do we stand? Has the tide shifted, or are we just witnessing political pragmatism in action?
End with a question: With the ever-evolving political landscape, do you think alliances like Biden-Meloni will become the new norm or is this just a short-lived diplomatic truce? What’s your take? 🤔🌐