President Joe Biden gave Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese permission to nod off during Tuesday’s Quad summit in Tokyo.
‘If you fall asleep while you’re here, it’s OK,’ Biden said. ‘I don’t know how you’re doing it.’
On Saturday, Albanese won Australia’s general election over incumbent Prime Minister Scott Morrison. He was sworn-in Monday and jumped on the flight to Japan several hours later for the meeting with the leaders of the U.S., India and Japan.
‘Prime Minister Albanese, I welcome you to your first Quad meeting,’ Biden said. ‘He got sworn-in, got on a plane,’ adding how difficult that was coming directly off the campaign trail.