While President Joe Biden was in Bali, Indonesia, for the G20 summit, there was a worrying turn of events.
As the conference concluded Tuesday night with its customary gala, which featured some of the most prominent leaders in the world, Biden was conspicuously absent.
Fox News reports that the president spent the evening in his hotel room.
The Associated Press reports that at the same time, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen disclosed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the gala as a result.
Peter Doocy, the White House correspondent for Fox News, was genuinely astonished that Biden abruptly canceled his attendance at the function.
“The breaking news would be that President Biden is missing the G-20 leaders’ dinner,” according to Doocy.
“He is supposed to be at a supper right now … with everybody that flew in,” he responded.
Biden coughed during a briefing the day before and informed reporters that he had “a little cold,” as Doocy pointed out.
“We do not know what exactly is going on with the president,” the Fox News correspondent remarked.
Peter Doocy: "The breaking news would be President Biden is missing the G20 leaders dinner. We don't know what's exactly going on with President, they called an early lid." pic.twitter.com/xQmkjs3yDC
— Becker News (@NewsBecker) November 15, 2022
Biden and Sen. were frequently in close proximity in earlier days. The White House claimed the American president had tested negative for the virus despite the fact that he was afterward reportedly observed coughing, according to The Telegraph.
Biden “was not considered a close contact as defined by the CDC,” the White House added.
White House: “The President tested negative this morning and is not considered a close contact as defined by the CDC.” h/t pooler @GeoffEarle
— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) November 15, 2022
It appears that the two leaders shaking hands, standing together without masks, and sitting together did not satisfy the “close contact” requirement of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
President Biden met with Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia to discuss the importance of ASEAN centrality. pic.twitter.com/VvlVLQTVCp
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 12, 2022
It is noteworthy because Biden’s schedule from earlier in the day showed that he would in fact be attending the G-20 gala.
According to Fox News, the White House gave the excuse that the president, who is almost 80 years old, had a “full day” of meetings and “needed to attend to a few items tonight.”
There were questions about the White House’s second justification. It’s unclear what those “few items” were, but whatever it was, it was obviously substantial enough to run the danger of making headlines for even longer.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
According to Fox News, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Biden’s decision to pass on the event “was not an issue.” It also said Biden was on track for his schedule for Wednesday.
The AP reported that the summit’s Indonesian organizers required delegates and journalists to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, be subjected to temperature checks and test daily for COVID-19 infection. The report said it wasn’t clear if government leaders were required to do the same.
We should be used to Biden’s handlers calling early lids at the weirdest times, but this particular lid certainly raises questions, given the context of a possible COVID-19 outbreak among some of the world’s top leaders. CONTINUE READING…