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‘It Got Me’: Biden Tangles With a Rogue Cicada As He Heads To Tangle With Putin

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When Joe Biden boarded Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to begin his first overseas trip as president, he was left powerless as a fleet of cicadas attacked him and his crew.

According to The New York Times, flying insects attacked the plane’s engines, forcing it to remain grounded for up to five hours after the planned takeoff on Wednesday.

Until only a new pilot and plane can capture the president and a legion of journalists have a chance to escape the wrath of the cloud of Brood X cicadas roaming the region.

Expect it, however. In recent weeks, billions of 17-year-old cicadas have been flying across Maryland, DC and the surrounding area, gathering enough density to show up on the weather radar.

In the brief attack on Biden, many cicadas can be observed with interest in the president.

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“Beware of the cicadas. I just got it – I got it,” Biden told reporters.

Biden plans to travel to United Kingdom, Belgium and Switzerland while on the trip. According to a white house statement, the trip to Europe “will highlight America’s commitment to restoring our alliance, reviving the Transatlantic relationship, and working in close cooperation with our allies.”

The president is due to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday and then the G-7 summit in Cornwall, United Kingdom. The G7 is expected to address the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, economic recovery and climate change.

However, at the height of significance, Biden will meet with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday.

The two leaders, at this point, are already comfortable with each other.

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When they first met in 2011, Biden told Putin, then Russia’s prime minister, “I’m looking into your eyes, and I think you don’t have a soul,” according to The New Yorker.

The current meeting is expected to get some agreement. However, the stakes remain high.

Biden campaigned for policies that did not look to stimulate Washington’s relationship with the Kremlin. During the meeting, the president is expected to slap Putin on various issues that he says violate or threaten US interests.

Washington is looking at the Kremlin’s military support for pro-Russian fighters in Ukraine, along with the country’s attempts to reduce the West’s international influence and weaken its regional and national security, as its main grievance against Moscow.

The expectation that the two sides can find a mutually agreeable agreement on anything remains low. Either side is not expected to remain tolerant or open to the interests of the other.

Biden and Putin must, at least, find out which common and strategic interests the two countries agree on.

Biden will also meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss a range of bilateral issues, in addition to the president’s participation in the NATO Summit on Monday.

This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.

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