Did the Biden administration have a working definition of democracy when it chose which countries to invite to its “democracy summit”?

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The New York Times' Biden Rallies Global Democracies as U.S. Hits a ‘Rough Patch’
The president kicked off his summit as critics questioned the guest list and whether the United States could be an effective advocate for democracy amid problems at home.
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But in a sign of the difficult times, even organizing the summit, which goes through Friday, raised murky questions about the definition of democracy, and who should and should not be invited. It was no surprise that China and Russia were not included, but the administration was second-guessed for its decision to invite other countries with checkered human rights records, like the Philippines and Nigeria, while excluding NATO allies Turkey and Hungary, both led by rulers with authoritarian streaks.

Question: Did the Biden administration have a working definition of democracy when it chose which countries to invite to its "democracy summit"?

Is there any evidence that the US' Biden administration had, and used some kind of working definition of democracy when choosing which countries to invite to this summit?

I would imagine that the question has been asked at press conferences and to administration officials during interviews, has there been any definitive response, or was the selection process opaque and black-box-like?

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