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Italy's Giorgia Meloni, rising far-right star, to get White House welcome

By Anthony Faiola and Stefano Pitrelli

26 Jul 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is set to visit the White House, marking her as a rare hard-right leader accepted by the Biden administration. Meloni's acceptance is largely due to her stance on Russia, as she has consistently opposed Russian aggression and supported Ukraine.

ROME - On Thursday, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni will join the small club of foreign hard-right leaders who have visited the Biden White House.

That invitation was never extended to Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro, and the Biden administration has notably excluded Hungary's Viktor Orban from its democracy summits. But Meloni, Italy's first female prime minister and the head of its most right-wing government since the end of World War II, is a rare breed of hard-right leader: one who has earned a reputation as someone Washington and Brussels can do business with.

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