President Joe Biden abruptly stood up and pretended to walk away from Anthony Albanese during a joint media conference while the Prime Minister was speaking about a visit to the US he had when he was in his 20s.
US President Joe Biden pretended to walk away during a sit down press conference with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Albanese held a sit down press conference following a bilateral meeting with Mr Biden at the Quad leaders summit, where he spoke about his experience visiting the US as a guest in the state department program.
“Australia and the United States are great friends. Many years ago, a young fella, myself in my 20s, was a guest with the state department program and had 5 weeks in the US,” he told Mr Biden.
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“They had a program which was, you could design a theme, and mine was… I want to see the interaction of groups with the US government, so I did everything from the National Rifle Association to the Sierra Club to Planned Parenthood to the whole kit and kaboodle across the spectrum…”
Mr Albanese was then interrupted by Mr Biden, who suddenly stood up and pretended to walk away from the conversation.
“You’re a brave man,” joked Mr Biden, before shaking his hand and returning to his seat.
“But it was an opportunity to see the full diversity of the way the country operates,” Mr Albanese continued.
“And it was a chance to really immerse myself there.”
It’s not the first joke Mr Biden has attempted to pull with the new Australian leader after he hastened to Tokyo for the Quad meeting – moments after he was sworn in as Prime Minister.
Earlier on Tuesday, the President heaped praise on Mr Albanese before giving him a free pass to fall asleep following the hectic few days on trail.
“Prime Minister Albanese, I welcome you to your first Quad meeting,” Mr Biden told the forum.
“Like I said, you got sworn in, got on a plane and if you fall asleep while you’re here, it’s okay.
“Because I don’t know how you’re doing it! It’s really quite extraordinary just getting off the campaign trail as well.”