Joe Biden will be at the White House when the Olympics open in Tokyo next month, but the Biden family will be represented at the Olympic Games, according to a new report.
First lady Jill Biden will be present for the July 23 opening ceremonies, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily — a Japanese newspaper — reported on Sunday, according to Reuters.
The newspaper said that Biden may also meet with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
France, which is scheduled to host the 2024 Olympics in Paris, is sending President Emmanuel Macron to the opening ceremony, Reuters reported.
The news that Biden is sending his wife to Tokyo caused a buzz on Twitter.
Last week, the first lady was dispatched to Mississippi and Tennessee to add White House luster to efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccinations in those two states, according to The Washington Post.
Although the president, at age 78, traveled to Europe for meetings with NATO allies and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, he has left the lion’s share of travel to others, chiefly Vice President Kamala Harris.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said after meeting with Harris on a recent trip to Mexico that he called her “president,” according to the New York Post.