SAN DIEGO — President Joe Biden wrapped up his visit to the San Diego area Monday after meeting with British and Australian Prime Ministers to discuss the countries’ partnership and defense issues.
FOX 5 captured video of Biden arriving via helicopter in Del Mar around 6:15 p.m. There, he made his way to the final event of the day in Rancho Santa Fe for a Democratic National Committee reception, according to White House officials.
The event’s goal was to raise $1 million for the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund.
Representative Scott Peters and about 40 guests total were in attendance, where the president spoke for about 40 minutes.
Press pool reports told FOX 5 he shared stories about his family life and spoke about everything from policy to defending Ukraine, and why he wanted to run for office in 2020, which he says “was to restore the soul of the country.”
Biden began his day in San Diego, arriving at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado around noon. He was accompanied by his daughter Ashley and granddaughter Natalie.
San Diego leaders greeted the president, including Mayor Todd Gloria at the San Diego International Airport before Marine One departed for Del Mar.
During a joint press conference Monday, leaders announced a historic deal that would modernize Australia’s naval fleet by equipping the country with nuclear-powered attack submarines through AUKUS (Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States) as China’s military influence has become a growing concern for world leaders. The plan features the three countries to roll out a phased approach to introduce these submarines with nuclear propulsion technology to the Australian military.
The president’s other previous stops included Naval Base Point Loma and the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites.
Biden is set to leave Tuesday to Monterey Park, the site of a recent mass shooting, where he will discuss his efforts to reduce gun violence.
FOX 5’s Kasia Gregorczyk contributed to this story.