Joe Biden invites Ursula von der Leyen to White House after snubbing Britain

Joe Biden has invited Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel to the White House next month for a round of talks, in a snub to Brexit Britain.

The US President confirmed he would meet with Ms von der Leyen – the European Commission’s president – and Mr Michel – the European Council leader – during talks on October 20.

In a statement released by the White House, it said: “President Biden looks forward to welcoming President Charles Michel of the European Council and President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission to the White House on Friday, October 20, 2023 for the second US-EU Summit since President Biden took office.

“The leaders will review the strong cooperation between the United States and the European Union, including our shared commitment to support Ukraine as it defends its sovereignty and to impose costs on Russia for its aggression.

“They will advance US-EU efforts to accelerate the global clean energy economy based on secure, resilient supply chains, and will continue cooperation in critical and emerging technologies, including digital infrastructure and artificial intelligence.

“They will also review joint activities to strengthen economic resilience and to address related challenges.”

The move comes just months after Biden sparked controversy in Britain with comments about the Northern Ireland peace agreement.

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