Biden invites Italian PM Giorgia Meloni to DC — despite calling her a threat to democracy

President Biden on Monday invited Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to visit the White House — despite previously calling her ascent cause to doubt whether democracy can “be sustained in the 21st century.”

Biden spoke with Meloni on the phone after spending nearly 24 hours in Ukraine to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky ahead of the Friday one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion.

Meloni, who leads NATO’s sixth most-populous nation, was about to embark on her own trip to Kyiv on Monday evening in a show of support ahead of a feared new Russian offensive.