Joe Biden was nowhere in sight when Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrived at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus for a bilateral meeting, Friday morning.
Instead, Kamala Harris was on hand at the ceremonial office to greet the Japanese Prime Minister.
“It is my great pleasure to welcome the prime minister of Japan, and to thank him for this visit, which is the first visit to the United States of a world leader since we came in office,” Ms. Harris said.
According to his official schedule, Biden was to host Yoshihide Suga for an “official working visit” at 1:30.
At 2:10, Biden was scheduled to host the prime minister “for an expanded bilateral meeting.”
According to CBS News, the two are likely to discuss climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and North Korea.
Biden and Suga are scheduled to hold a press conference in the White House Rose Garden at 4:15 ET.
Harris began her comments at the meet and greet by addressing Thursday night’s mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis that resulted in eight deaths.
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This is a developing story.
A double (triple?)-masked Biden was present for the bilateral meeting with the Japanese PM at The White House Friday afternoon. Reading from note cards, Biden said “the United States and Japan have a big agenda ahead of us.”
Staring down at his notecard, Biden added that he was “looking forward to speaking with the prime minister,” and that “our teams are tackling a shared agenda.”
BREAKING: Biden did not come down to greet Japanese PM because he was ‘feeling under the weather’ this morning, per WH official
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