Politics never sleeps.
While the world is focused on the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics, politics continues to go on behind the scenes.
In fact, don’t be surprised if politicians try to pass radical agendas during this time.
Because the world will be paying to the Olympics instead.
It’s the classic tactic of distraction.
Which raises the question…
Are the Olympics distracting us from anything?
Why did Jill Biden meet with the Japanese Emperor and Prime Minister?
Keep in mind, Joe Biden is sitting in the White House and has yet to meet them since inauguration.
So why is Jill Biden meeting them instead?
She’s not a head of state or elected official, so why send her on official business?
More details below:
First lady Jill Biden met Japanese Emperor Naruhito and PM Yoshihide Suga before attending the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony on Friday. Biden is leading the U.S. delegation at the 2021 Olympic Games. Spectators are barred from attending the Games due to COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/wK1jIRzCeH
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 23, 2021
PM Suga: I met with U.S. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden @FLOTUS, Prime Minister Oyun-Erdene of Mongolia @OyunerdeneMN, Vice-President Nyandeng of the Republic of South Sudan @Mama_RNdeMabior, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Mr. Grandi @FilippoGrandi, (1/2) pic.twitter.com/4z5s9LdQK1
— PM's Office of Japan (@JPN_PMO) July 23, 2021
— Kyodo News | Japan (@kyodo_english) July 22, 2021
Some people might claim this was just a photo-opp and social diplomacy.
However, Japanese Media is reporting that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says that this meeting with Jill is “significant” for Japan-U.S. ties.
Why would the meeting be “significant” if it was just a photo-opp?
How could it be “significant” if it was just for a handshake?
Specifically, Japan’s Kyodo News reports:
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday began a three-day diplomatic marathon with foreign dignitaries attending the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, meeting U.S. first lady Jill Biden and several world leaders.
French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders of around 15 countries and international organizations are slated to attend the event at the National Stadium on Friday evening, which will be held without spectators from the general public as the capital remains under a COVID-19 state of emergency.
Suga is receiving the foreign dignitaries at Akasaka Palace, a neo-baroque state guest house originally built in 1909 as the crown prince’s residence.
The prime minister and his wife Mariko had dinner on Thursday evening with U.S. President Joe Biden’s wife, who is leading the American Olympic delegation.
Jill Biden told Suga that she hopes for the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.
The prime minister welcomed Biden’s attendance at the opening ceremony, saying it was of “major significance” for Japan-U.S. relations, the ministry said.
The two also discussed education among other topics, it said.
A writing professor at a community college, Biden is visiting Japan for the first time since her husband took office in January. She is scheduled to meet Emperor Naruhito along with other guests at the Imperial Palace on Friday.
Suga is set to meet with Macron on Saturday, when the French leader is expected to raise the issue of child abductions by separated parents.
Again, to the public’s knowledge, Jill plays no role in the Biden administration other than “First Lady of the United States.”
So if she is FLOTUS and nothing else, why is she meeting with foreign heads of state?
Where is Joe?!
First lady Jill Biden to meet Japanese emperor and prime minister https://t.co/Vlh7giBKcI
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 21, 2021
First Lady Jill Biden, seen here arriving at the opening ceremony, will be the highest-profile U.S. official there today. Earlier, she met with Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace. pic.twitter.com/X9iNvsMdlI
— NPR (@NPR) July 23, 2021
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 24, 2021
Of course, there is nothing wrong with diplomatic relations.
There is nothing wrong with social relationships either.
But it has become increasingly clear that Jill is playing some sort of “role” in the Biden regime.
According to The Hill:
First lady Jill Biden is heading to the closely watched Tokyo Olympics, where she will lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremony, despite COVID-19 concerns in the host city.
In her first solo international trip as first lady, Biden will go to a city that has entered a new state of emergency over a rise in coronavirus cases to represent the U.S. and support the athletes when the Olympics open on Friday.
Biden has spent her first six months as first lady in a starring role selling the White House’s legislative priorities to the public and encouraging vaccines, embarking on regular trips domestically to cities including Savannah, Ga.; Portland, Maine; and Portsmouth, N.H. She has also revived a military families initiative she started as second lady with then-first lady Michelle Obama a decade ago.
Still, the three-day Olympics visit promises to further elevate her profile on an international scale.
Biden is scheduled to meet virtually with members of Team USA and attend the opening ceremony in Tokyo on Friday. She’ll host a watch party for the U.S.-Mexico softball game on Saturday with foreign service officers at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, before leaving the Games. Biden will also break bread with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife, Mariko Suga.
Biden’s trip will be bookended with visits to both Alaska and Hawaii to encourage vaccinations.
The first lady, who is vaccinated against COVID-19, is headed to an Olympics overshadowed by coronavirus concerns.
The Tokyo Olympics, which were initially postponed to 2021 last year as the coronavirus spread around the globe, will look incredibly different this year due to the pandemic. A rise in COVID-19 cases in Tokyo is also preventing leaders from ruling out a last-minute cancellation of the events, which attract people from all over the world. A handful of athletes have tested positive for the virus in the days leading up to the Games.
The majority of the athletes attending are expected to be vaccinated, though vaccines are not required.
What do you think?
Were these innocent meetings or photo-opps?
Or is there something political happening behind the scenes?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!