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Remarks: Joe Biden Holds a Bilat With Anthony Albanese of Australia at the G7 - May 20, 2023

  • Joe Biden
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  • Anthony Albanese
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Joe Biden

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Well, Mr. Prime Minister, it's wonderful to see you. I'm sorry this meeting is not taking place in your country, Australia. And I deeply appreciate the flexibility in meeting me here at the G7 meeting. 1

Joe Biden

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And that's because we've got a lot to discuss. Together, we've delivered historic -- a historic year, the both of us. And it's between our -- the meeting between Australia and the United States. 2

Joe Biden

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In March, in San Diego, we -- we stood together. Prime Minister Sunak was also here, you -- I might add -- [laughs] -- to announce the generational commitment to a shared security through our -- our AUKUS trilateral partnership. 3

Joe Biden

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Australia and the United States have stood together to defend our shared domestic values, including supporting the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against Russia's brutal aggression. 4

Joe Biden

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And together, we've expanded our cooperation across a range of challenges, from space to emerging technologies, while advancing our shared vision to a free, open, and secure Indo-Pacific. 5

Joe Biden

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And we're launching a new joint initiative to accelerate a transition to clean energy, including by building more resilient critical mineral supply chains. This is a huge step, from our perspective -- a huge step forward in our fight against the climate crisis. And I want to thank you for your strong leadership and your partnership in this challenge. 6

Joe Biden

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I'm looking forward to our conversation today and hosting you for a official state visit this year in Washington, D.C. 7

Joe Biden

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00:01:36-00:01:51 (15 sec)
And again, I truly apologize to you for having you to come here, rather than me being in Australia right now. But we have a little thing going on at home I got to pay attention to. 8

Joe Biden

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So, thank you very much. And the floor is yours, sir. 9

Anthony Albanese

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Well, thank you very much, Mr. President. And, certainly, I understand the circumstances that led us to hold the Sydney Quad meeting in Hiroshima later this evening, but also to catch up with our bilateral that we had scheduled for a few days' time. 10

Anthony Albanese

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We appreciate the alliance as our most important relationship. And today, what we've done is add a new element to that alliance up front, very clearly, unequivocally: climate action. Because climate action, of course, is a national security issue. 11

Anthony Albanese

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00:02:34-00:02:58 (24 sec)
And it is good that we've been able to show the nature of the Quad is that it's a pragmatic gathering, which is about outcomes. And we're getting those outcomes. I'm sure we'll be successful later today. But also, we've had important outcomes with the agreement that we've just signed -- the statement of intent. 12

Anthony Albanese

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And I want to say that I appreciate very much the issue that I raised with you in San Diego has been progressed really -- your support for Congress in showing that Australia is a domestic source under the Defense Production Act. That's really important. 13

Anthony Albanese

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I went to the UK recently for the coronation and went up to Barrow to look at the nuclear-powered subs that are being built there. 14

Anthony Albanese

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And AUKUS is progressing between our three countries as well. And it's important that we progress pillar two as part of that implementation. 15

Anthony Albanese

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00:03:42-00:04:01 (19 sec)
I'm saddened that you are unable to -- to come down next week, but I understand the circumstances that you're dealing with, and I would have done exactly the same thing. All politics is local, as -- as you and I both understand. 16

Anthony Albanese

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00:04:01-00:04:13 (12 sec)
And I look forward at some time in the future to you -- you visiting. You would always be a very welcome visitor in Australia, as you have been in the past as -- as Vice President. 17

Anthony Albanese

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00:04:13-00:04:32 (19 sec)
And I'm very much looking forward to the state visit as well, as is -- as is Jodie. We're really looking forward to -- to visiting D.C. and to continuing to build on the relationship that just goes from strength to strength. 18

Joe Biden

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00:04:32-00:04:36 (5 sec)
And it has. And all politics may be local, but our friendship is permanent. 19

Anthony Albanese

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Absolutely. 20

Joe Biden

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Thank you. Thank you. 21

Joe Biden

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Thank you, all. 22

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Mr. President, how concerned about -- are you about the debt talks at home? 23

Joe Biden

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Not at all. 24

Joe Biden

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[Crosstalk by reporters] 25

Question

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Are Republicans negotiating in good faith? 26

Joe Biden

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This -- this goes in stages. 27

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Mr. President -- 28

Joe Biden

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I've been in these negotiations before. It started off -- 29

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Mr. President -- 30

Joe Biden

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Shush up, okay? Thank you. 31

Joe Biden

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The -- it goes in stages. And what happens is the first meetings weren't all that progressive. The second ones were. The third one was. And then, what happens is they -- the carriers go back to the principles and say, "This is what we're thinking about." And then, people put down new claims. 32

Joe Biden

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I still believe we'll be able to avoid a default and we'll get something decent done. Thank you. 33