Biden touts democracy at Americas summit but faces sharp pushback
Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Seung Min Kim report in the Washington Post on the dynamics at last week's Summit of the Americas. While President Biden noted great unity on substantive issues, such as democracy and climate change, the Summit was overshadowed by the exclusion of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. The exclusion of these three countries drew vocal criticism from across the Americas, with the President of Mexico choosing to skip the event altogether. This aspect is especially noteworthy, as democracy faces threats and experiences challenges globally, with the clash between democracies and autocracies a central theme of Biden's Presidency. President Biden is also working to rebuild alliances after the Trump Presidency, which had worked to increasingly isolate the states away from international alliances.