Administration responds to criticism Biden deprioritizing Asian leaders

Administration responds to criticism Biden deprioritizing Asian leaders


The White House is defending itself from criticism that President Joe Biden is not being a “generous” host to his Southeast Asian counterparts while they are in Washington.

The United States is “bending over backwards” for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations during its special summit with Biden this Thursday and Friday, according to a senior administration official.

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“The president will have quick private time with each of the leaders,” the official told reporters Wednesday. “We’re trying to balance opportunities for private interaction with individual countries, but the larger engagement with ASEAN as a whole.”

Kao Kim Hourn, a minister and close adviser to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun

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