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Where’s Joe? Jill Biden will attend Tokyo Olympics solo, hold diplomatic meetings

The 2020 Summer Olympics, also known as Tokyo 2020, is to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021. The international sports competition was delayed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic but the name remains the same. It is being reported that Jill Biden will go to Japan for the opening ceremony on July 23 without her husband, the president. While in Japan, she is holding diplomatic meetings with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and other senior diplomatic officials.

When did Jill Biden begin to assume diplomatic meetings with a major ally on behalf of the United States and her husband’s administration? Why isn’t Joe Biden going? Other than totally botching his own message about pushing through massive infrastructure legislation in Congress, what’s he got going on that he can’t show up? Maybe his staff isn’t allowing him to go so as to avoid fresh opportunities for him to embarrass us overseas, given his performances at the G7 and NATO recently. 

According to a report by The Yomiuri Shimbun, Joe Biden sending his wife is a sign of the importance of the relationship between the U.S. and Japan. That’s a nice spin but sending Jill to the first Olympics held since he took office is not a sign of respect. Jill Biden is the first lady, Joe’s number one handler. She isn’t an elected politician, she isn’t an official government employee, and she isn’t a real diplomat. Why is she going to meet with the Japanese prime minister and Japanese officials? She should be visiting a school with his wife or something traditional like that. Jill Biden’s aggressive ambitions are getting in the way.

Jill Biden filling in for Joe is even a smack to Kamala. After all, Joe is busy helping her establish herself as a foreign policy protege of his. That’s bad news for America as he has been historically wrong on foreign policy for the entirety of his very long career in Washington. Kamala was given the job of welcoming the Japanese prime minister to the White House in April, which was also odd. Why didn’t Biden do that himself? I watched Trump and Melania welcome foreign visitors at the door of the White House numerous times. Biden later met with the prime minister and did a press conference with him. Remember when Biden was running for president and he promised a return to normal? He said he had decades of experience and would bring back traditional norms in a presidential administration. What Joe Biden didn’t tell us was that Jill and Kamala would be running the show.