White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed at a news conference that Biden has no intention of traveling to the Japanese capital for the year’s big sporting event.
“The president does not intend to participate, but he will certainly support (American) athletes because he, like me, is obsessed with the Olympics,” Saki said in response to a Japanese reporter’s question whether Biden had Planning to go to Tokyo.
Psaki justified Biden’s absence by saying that the government follows guidelines set by health officials that Americans must follow, and those guidelines recommend traveling only when “essential.” However, a US delegation will be present as usual.
Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun said last Sunday that US First Lady Jill Biden is likely to travel to Tokyo and attend the Games’ opening ceremony on July 23, but the White House has yet to confirm such information. is of.
Japan last Thursday decided to suspend a state of emergency to June 21, but will maintain some restrictions in Tokyo and other regions.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Japanese government had begun considering raising the limit for foreign delegates at the Olympic Games. Initially, there was a limit of 12 people per delegation, which included heads of state and senior positions.