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Joe Biden swats away cicada as he boards Air Power One

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{Photograph}: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Photos

There was already loads of buzz about Joe Biden’s first abroad journey as president – tackling points because the “particular relationship” with Britain, European unity towards authoritarian energy in Russia and China and tackling Vladimir Putin about cybercrime.

However the Washington political hum grew to become all too literal on Wednesday because the US president was bombarded by giant bugs as he ready to board Air Power One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, en path to the UK.

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Strolling throughout the tarmac to the acquainted blue-and-white presidential jumbo jet, Biden was speaking to some army escorts when he gave the facet of his neck a fast swipe.

Cicadas have been on the assault. The sound of cicadas, to say nothing of the appear and feel of those beastly guests, has turn into one thing of an obsession on the US east coast and a few midwestern states in current weeks, after an enormous brood emerged after 17 years underground.

After giving himself a hearty swat, Biden walked over to the assembled press and joked: “Be careful for the cicadas. It bought me. I bought one.”

Even on tv, the big, winged creatures could possibly be seen whizzing by way of the air on the army base.

However whereas Biden actually dismissed the assault, the earlier night a few of the press corps had been delayed by greater than seven hours after the constitution airplane taking them to England forward of Biden, was swarmed by cicadas at Washington’s close by Dulles airport.

The journalists ultimately bought underway however likely might be stung by having to start out off their journey delayed and additional jet-lagged.

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