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Biden flicks away cicada: 'It got me'

A pesky cicada appeared to hit President BidenJoe BidenEx-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' News leaders deal with the post-Trump era MORE in the neck on Wednesday as he prepared to depart on his first foreign trip of his administration.

Video showed Biden standing outside at Joint Base Andrews chatting near first lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president Overnight Health Care: FDA says millions of J&J doses from troubled plant must be thrown out | WHO warns Africa falling far behind in vaccinations | Top CDC official says US not ready for next pandemic The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Sights and sounds from Biden's UK visit MORE when he swiped at one of the bugs near his neck. 

Biden was talking to his Air Force greeter when the insect made its presence known, according to The Associated Press.

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“Watch out for the cicadas,” Biden later told nearby reporters. “I just got one. It got me.”

 

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Biden’s trip is set to include three stops in Europe: the United Kingdom for a Group of Seven meeting, Belgium for a NATO summit and Switzerland for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin laughs when asked by NBC reporter if he's a 'killer' Biden and the crucible of European peace Biden should remind Erdogan of NATO's basic tenets and values MORE.

But Biden wasn’t the only Washington-area target for the bugs this week; the White House press plane traveling from Dulles International Airport to Europe for Biden’s trip was grounded on Tuesday and delayed for several hours due to the swarming cicadas.

The flight was originally scheduled to depart at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, but it was delayed until 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday. The insects apparently filled the airplane’s engine, and White House aides were forced to look for an alternative method of getting reporters to Europe to cover Biden’s overseas trip. 

News of the flight delay was first shared by Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire. 

“The White House press charter, flying from Dulles to Europe ahead of President Biden, has been delayed for hours - due to mechanical issues caused by cicadas Yes. Cicadas," Lemire tweeted.

Trillions of Brood X cicadas are swarming across the Eastern U.S. this year. The insects live underground for 17 years before emerging to breed and lay eggs. However, there are varying generations and cycles for the bugs.