UPDATED 1:28 PM PT – Tuesday, May 31, 2022
President Joe Biden welcomed New Zealand’s far-left Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to the White House. During a meeting Tuesday, the two discussed gun control, so-called climate change and their support for the Ukraine government.
Ardern has been facing criticism at home for her stringent COVID lockdowns along with her failed ‘Zero-COVID’ policy that caused mass protests across New Zealand. Nonetheless, Biden said he and Ardern are on the same page and they share a similar political agenda.
“We need your guidance…it’s a pleasure to see you in person,” Biden stated. “You understand that your leadership has taken on a critical role in this global stage and it really has. Galvanizing action on climate change, a global effort to confront violence and extremism online like after the Christchurch… I want to work with you on that effort.”
During a meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, U.S. President Joe Biden said he planned to meet with lawmakers in Congress about guns after the recent mass shooting at a Texas elementary school shooting https://t.co/iHSbGsyyW2 pic.twitter.com/8udPUCSeH6
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Biden and Ardern also agreed to work together on regulating technology companies, countering so-called white extremism and advancing the green agenda.