US President Joe Biden’s Americas summit with leaders from across the hemisphere is a carefully choreographed bid to show that democracy can work. Biden welcomed the leaders in Los Angeles for the summit but faced open criticism for being selective in inviting leaders.
• Joe Biden was criticized for calling Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela autocrats
• Belize, the smallest nation in hemisphere, came in open criticism of Biden
• Biden met Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for the first time at the summit
• Biden is closing the summit on Friday
Why Was Joe Biden Criticized?
Biden’s decision of excluding the leftist leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela on the grounds that they are autocrats didn’t go down well with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who called for a boycott of the summit.
Argentina’s center-left president, Alberto Fernandez, said dialogue was the best way to promote democracy but criticized Biden for imposing a right of admission on member countries of the continent for being the host country of the summit.
But the hardest criticism was from Belize whose representatives told Biden that not inviting … Read the rest