Biden unlikely to host foreign leader in person for 'a couple of months'

Biden unlikely to host foreign leader in person for 'a couple of months'
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President BidenJoe BidenPelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Pressure grows to cut diplomatic red tape for Afghans left behind President Biden is making the world a more dangerous place MORE is unlikely to meet in person with a foreign leader for "a couple of months," press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden, Harris push big lie about Border Patrol 14 Mexican soldiers briefly detained in El Paso Progressives seething over Biden's migrant policies MORE said on Tuesday.

"I would anticipate for all of you that it will be a couple of months before the president invites a foreign leader to meet in person here at the White House," Psaki said at a news briefing.

The comments offer the first glimpse of a timeline the White House has given of when Biden might resume in-person meetings with foreign leaders as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. Biden has held calls with numerous foreign leaders since taking office, but he has yet to meet face-to-face with any of them.


Biden will call into a virtual Group of Seven (G-7) meeting on Friday as well as the Munich Security Conference.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauChina frees two Canadians following release of Huawei executive Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Climate change turning US into coffee country Canadian police: Man assaulted nurse for vaccinating his wife MORE's office said in a readout of a call on Jan. 22 that he and Biden had agreed "to meet next month."

Psaki said she had no details on when that might happen but noted that the two leaders could meet virtually.

Foreign travel has been curbed by the pandemic dating back to the Trump administration, though then-President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE did host foreign leaders even amid the health crisis. 

Trump hosted the Irish prime minister for St. Patrick's Day in 2020 in the early weeks of the pandemic, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE visited the White House in September for the signing of the Abraham Accords.

Biden has taken a more cautious approach to travel.

He will make his first domestic trip on Tuesday to Wisconsin for a CNN town hall, and the White House has given no indication of when Biden might travel abroad.