Sleepy Joe gives Australia’s new prime minister permission to turn his head after he is sworn in and flies straight to Tokyo for an ATV summit – as President Biden warns of a “dark hour in our common history” over Putin’s war in Ukraine
- President Joe Biden authorizes new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to reach an agreement during Quad’s summit in Tokyo on Tuesday
- “If you fall asleep while you’re here, everything’s fine,” Biden said. “I don’t know how you do it”
- Albanese defeats incumbent Prime Minister Scott Marisa in Australia’s general election on Saturday
- On Monday, he was sworn in and flew to Japan a few hours later to meet with the leaders of the United States, India and Japan.
“If you fall asleep while you’re here, everything’s fine,” Biden said. “I don’t know how you do it.”
“Prime Minister Albanese, I welcome you to your first Quad meeting,” Biden said. “He took the oath, boarded the plane,” adding how hard it was right out of the campaign.
President Joe Biden (left) gave permission to Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right) during a meeting Tuesday in Tokyo. The Albanian took the oath on Monday and flew to Japan to meet with the leaders of the United States, Japan and India.
Quad leaders gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday (left) by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishido.
Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese raises his thumb when he sits on his flight to Tokyo, Japan for the Quad summit hours after he was sworn in
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured) waving his arms when he arrived in Tokyo, Japan on Monday night for a Quad meeting
Albanese’s Twitter account posted a photo of the new prime minister raising his thumb as he boarded a plane to Japan.
During Biden’s own campaign in 2020, former President Donald Trump nicknamed him “Sleepy Joe,” emphasizing Biden’s 79-year-old age.
Biden was caught napping on another overseas trip.
In November, a video of the president went viral after he seemed to be napping during the COP26 summit in Scotland.
The 59-year-old Albanian told Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishido and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Quad is of paramount importance to Australia’s new government.
“It is a great honor for me that this is my first act as Prime Minister, who attended this important meeting of the leaders of the four countries here in Japan,” Albanese said at the beginning of the meeting.
On Tuesday morning, Quad leaders will meet in four – the last day of Biden’s first trip to Asia as US president – and then Biden and Albanese will hold their first bilateral meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
Australia was also included in the economic pact, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which the White House announced on Monday.
The IPEF brings together the U.S. and 12 Indo-Pacific countries at the negotiating table to address issues such as global supply chains that have been hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.