Sleepy Joe gives Australia’s new PM permission to nod off after he flew to Tokyo directly after getting sworn in – as Albanese recounts time in US traveling to Vegas and meeting with the NRA (prompting Biden to pretend to walk out)
- President Joe Biden gave Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese permission to nod off during Tuesday’s Quad summit in Tokyo
- ‘If you fall asleep while you’re here, it’s OK,’ Biden said. ‘I don’t know how you’re doing it’
- On Saturday, Albanese won Australia’s general election over incumbent Prime Minister Scott Morrison
- He was sworn-in Monday and jumped on the flight to Japan several hours later for the meeting with the leaders of the U.S., India and Japan
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‘If you fall asleep while you’re here, it’s OK,’ Biden said. ‘I don’t know how you’re doing it.’
On Saturday, Albanese won Australia’s general election over incumbent Prime Minister Scott Morrison. He was sworn-in Monday and jumped on the flight to Japan several hours later for the meeting with the leaders of the U.S., India and Japan.
‘Prime Minister Albanese, I welcome you to your first Quad meeting,’ Biden said. ‘He got sworn-in, got on a plane,’ adding how difficult that was coming directly off the campaign trail.
‘I know you’ve been on the job a long time,’ Biden later joked at the top of their bilateral meeting.
There, Albanese spoke glowingly about spending five weeks in the U.S. as a young man enrolled in a progr am through the U.S. State Department.
‘I wanted to see the interaction of groups with the U.S. government, so I did everything from the National Rifle Association to the Sierra Club to Planned Parenthood – it was the whole kit and caboodle across the spectrum,’ Albanese explained of his studies in the states.
At that, Biden stood up and pretended to start to walk out of the meeting – before then reaching over and shaking hands with the new Australian leader.
‘You’re a brave man!’ Biden said laughing, remarking at the vast difference between the Sierra Club and gun lobby.
President Joe Biden (right) got up and pretended to walk out of his first meeting with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (left) after Albanese recounted his time spent in the U.S. as a young man – spending time with groups including the NRA and the Sierra Club
‘You’re a great man,’ President Joe Biden (right) told Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albenese as the two got together for the first time since Albanese’s Saturday election. Albanese told Biden about spending time in the U.S. as a young man
President Joe Biden (left) gave Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right) permission during Tuesday’s Quad meeting in Tokyo. Albanese was sworn-in Monday and hopped a flight to Japan to meet with the leaders of the U.S., Japan and India
The Quad leaders gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday (from left) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida
Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese gives a thumbs up as he boards his flight to Tokyo, Japan for the Quad summit just hours after he was sworn-in
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured) waves as he arrives Monday night in Tokyo, Japan for the Quad meeting
Albanese called it a ‘opportunity to see the full diversity of the way that country operates.’
‘And the U.S. State Department was good enough as well to manage to justify a trip to Vegas as well. I’m not quite sure where that fit in,’ Albanese said to laughs. ‘But it was a good trip indeed.’
Albanese and Biden had a bilateral meeting after they met earlier alongside Indian Prime Minister Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo – the final day of Biden’s first Asia trip.
Albanese’s Twitter account shared a photo of the new prime minister giving a thumbs up as he boarded his plane to Japan.
During Biden’s own 2020 campaign, former President Donald Trump assigned him the nickname ‘Sleepy Joe,’ highlighting the now 79-year-old’s advanced age.
President Joe Biden appeared to doze off during the COP26 summit in Scotland in November. Former President Donald Trump nicknamed Biden ‘Sleepy Joe’ during the 2020 presidential campaign
Biden got caught snoozing on a different foreign trip.
In November, a video of the president went viral after he appeared to doze off during the COP26 summit in Scotland.
The 59-year-old Albanese told Biden, Kishida and Modi that the Quad was of the utmost importance for the new Australian government.
‘It is an honor that this is my first act as prime minister to attend this important Quad leaders meeting here in Japan,’ Albanese said at the top of the meeting.
Australia was also included in the economic pact, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which the White House announced Monday.
The IPEF brings together the U.S. and 12 Indo-Pacific nations to the negotiating table to deal with problems such as global supply chains, which have been hindered due to the coronavirus pandemic.