After Battling ‘Tough Cold,’ Biden Flees Washington D.C. Ahead Of Netanyahu Congressional Speech

Netanyahu (Reuters)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington, but Vice President Joe Biden is leaving town for Guatemala.

Last month, the Vice President’s office confirmed that Biden would miss Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress because he’d be traveling instead to Latin America, beginning with a weekend trip to Uruguay.

But a senior administration official confirmed to reporters on Friday that Biden’s Uruguay portion of the trip would be canceled, citing the Vice President’s battle with a “tough cold” after he visited New Hampshire.

Today, however, Biden appears healthy enough for travel as Netanyahu takes the podium for a speech to AIPAC, a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the American government.

According to his office, Biden was scheduled to leave Washington D.C. this morning. That effectively puts him out of the country as Netanyahu prepares for his speech to Congress tomorrow.


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