What Anthony Albanese said that brought Joe Biden to stand up and announce he was a ‘brave man’ – as new PM reveals the trip to America where he ‘immersed’ himself in the country
- Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is already gaining approval
- During the Quad Summit in Tokyo the Pm was introduced to President Joe Biden
- Mr Biden called Mr Albanese a ‘brave man’ and ‘a great guy’ during their meeting
- Both of the leaders touched on China’s growing presence in the Pacific region
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been called a ‘brave man’ by US President Joe Biden after recounting stories from when he visited the National Rifle Association and planned parenthood movement during a trip to the states.
The pair sat down on Tuesday following a meeting of Quad leaders in Tokyo, including Biden, Albanese, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
During their relaxed encounter the two leaders discussed their strong commitment to the ANZUS alliance.
Mr Albanese then recalled his trip to US when he was in his 20s, where he’d had the chance to ‘immerse’ himself in the country’s government policies and culture.
Following his story Mr Biden suddenly stood up and pretended to walk-off.
‘You’re a brave man,’ Mr Biden said before shaking hands with the PM.
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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met with US President Joe Biden during Tuesday’s Quad Summit in Japan
‘I had a program and I wanted to see the interaction of groups with the US government,’ Mr Albanese said.
‘From the National Rifle Association to the Sierra Club to Planned Parenthood, the full kitten caboodle across the spectrum.’
Mr Albanese went on to explain more about his trip and the places he visited.
‘It was an opportunity to see the full diversity of the way the country operates,’ he said.
‘It was a chance to really immerse myself. I had security briefings in Hawaii on the way back.
During their exchange Mr Albanese said he had visited the US to ‘immerse’ himself in the government interactions and Mr Biden called the PM a ‘brave man’
Mr Albanese said his government is committed to the alliance between the US and Australia to which Mr Biden said the PM was ‘a great guy’
‘The US State Department was good enough to manage to justify a trip to Vegas as well.’
He then said he was committed to the alliance between the US and Australia and had previously formed relationships with US politicians.
‘It was a good trip. My government is very committed to the alliance,’ he said.
‘I was a part of the government that brought the US Marines to Darwin under Julia Gillard. It was very important to really strengthen our relationship.
‘I last met with your Vice President. I’ve known some of your colleagues for some time.’
In an earlier press conference on Tuesday, Mr Biden indicated a possible change in policy by confirming questions he would militarily defend Taiwan from invasion
The light-hearted ‘alliance’ discussion followed Mr Biden’s indication of a possible change in US policy regarding China’s relationship with Taiwan.
During a joint press conference on Tuesday with Japanese President Fumio Kishida, Mr Biden was asked: ‘You didn’t want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons. Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?’
Mr Biden said; ‘Yes, that’s the commitment we made.’
Mr Albanese also touched on China’s growing presence in the Pacific region while discussing his government’s change in climate policy.
Mr Albanese also discussed China’s growing presence in the Pacific region and called climate change a ‘national security issue’
‘We know that China is seeking to exert more influence in the Pacific and we know that climate change is such an important issue,’ he said.
‘I share the view that this is a national security issue. Climate change is not just about environment.
‘It is about the shape of our economy, but also our national security going forward.
‘Our position is very clear. We want peace and stability in the region.
‘That is best achieved through proper diplomatic processes by making sure we build relations in the region and act in a positive way.’