Joe Biden will skip Israeli Prime Minister’s Congressional speech in March.
He is going to leave the country.
Minority Leader Pelosi says Democrats will be busy and she hopes the event won’t take place.
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The Politico reported:
Joe Biden won’t be there to welcome Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint meeting of Congress — or even shake his hand.
The vice president will miss only his second address by a foreign leader to a joint meeting of Congress next month, when he’ll be out of the country while Netanyahu makes what’s become an increasingly controversial speech warning against the Iran nuclear deal.
The vice president’s office on Friday confirmed the plans to skip the March 3 speech.
“We are not ready to announce details of his trip yet, and normally our office wouldn’t announce this early, but the planning process has been underway for a while,” a spokesperson for the office said.
Biden’s absence heads off some awkwardness — the White House deeply opposes the politics of this speech, as well as the allegedly violated protocol, so not having the vice president sit behind Netanyahu avoids what could be taken as a symbolic show of support. His facial expressions won’t be parsed, nor will anyone be counting which lines he applauds, and for how long.