Earlier this week, Dr. Jill Biden headed to Tokyo, Japan to support Team USA in the 2020 Olympic Games on a five day trip. This marks her first solo international trip as first lady, and earlier today, she was one of very few spectators that attended the Opening Ceremony of the games. Dr. Biden also met Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife, Mariko Suga, and is slated to have an audience with Emperor Naruhito at the Tokyo Imperial Palace.
For the Opening Ceremony, Biden wore a black and white polka dot dress, which she paired with black pointed toe pumps and long strands of pearls. She also sported a mask featuring an American flag.
During her meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister and his wife, Biden opted for a floral look. She wore a silky top and skirt featuring hibiscus flowers to her visit to the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo.
Biden’s visit comes alongside a swirl of controversy surrounding the Olympic Games, which have already been delayed one year due to the pandemic. With rising Covid cases both inside and outside the Olympic Village, Tokyo is now in a state of emergency due to the virus. As of Tuesday, the number of cases linked to the Tokyo Games had exceeded 70, despite social distancing measures, vaccinations, and mask enforcement. However, the Biden administration feels it is important that Biden stay in the country.
“There’s been no change, [Jill Biden is] still planning on attending the games,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, per CNN, adding, “The President, the first lady felt it was important to have the delegation lead at the highest level. So, she is looking forward to continuing her travels.”
The U.S. delegation attending the Olympics is much smaller than in prior years. It includes only Biden and Raymond Greene, the charge d’affaires ad interim (i.e. the temporary diplomatic figure) at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
“They will have limited public interaction, and they will be taking every precaution throughout the course of the visit,” Psaki said.
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