Biden to miss Netanyahu's speech to Congress due to (hastily arranged?) travel

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to miss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address to a joint meeting of Congress because of foreign travel, Biden's office said Friday.

The announcement comes amid deep White House irritation over Netanyahu's decision to accept an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, without either party consulting the administration. The White House blasted the move as a breach of diplomatic protocol and said President Barack Obama would not meet with Netanyahu during next month's visit.

But Biden, as president of the Senate, would typically have attended a joint meeting of Congress, taking his familiar seat just behind the speaker's podium. Whether Biden would still carry out his ceremonial duties became the focus of increased speculation this week as some Democratic lawmakers said they planned to skip the March 3 speech.

On Friday, Biden's office confirmed that the vice president was expected to be abroad during Netanyahu's visit. Biden's office did not announce any details of where the vice president would be traveling, but insisted the unspecified trip had been in the works before the prime minister's speech was announced.

Biden has only missed one prior joint meeting of Congress: a 2011 address to lawmakers by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, whose speech coincided with another overseas trip by the vice president.

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Lying, coward....goofball....if there ever was one....he is....Proud Democrat....proud of what??? Another example of Jarrett's control...he got a phone call from the "white house" war room. 

Hey all you jewish people that put obama in office twice and ll the democrats, now you are get paid back by obama and the democrats against the prime minister of your country Israel.  This a slap in the face and a knife in the back of all you Jewish people.  I hope this opens up your eyes and have your realize that democrats do not support the jewish people and remember it in 2016.

I give the Jews a pass on their first vote in 08. They along with millions of white Christians...were bamboozled!!  The second vote in 12....forgetaboudit....they got and are getting what they deserve for being so stupid...guess a better word would be ignorant. Results the same....course, blind, stupid and/or drunk...probably all three....a more accurate description of those low/IQ/info voters!!

The bottom line is that if Biden chooses to go along with Obama's game; that will be his loss.

Biden and Obama will not be needed nor missed!

As long as Netanyahu knows that a flood of true Americans are glad that he is coming; that is what he must take note.

We should only feel bad if a great person would evade us; but...Biden or Obama??? they would only be in the way.

Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister Netanyahu, for taking time from your very busy schedule, to visit our country and to come to converse with American Patriots who love America and who highly appreciate you.

Agree wholeheartedly!!! Great post. Democrats in DC...specifically Hussein just can not stand to be in the same room with a real leader and Hero/Patriot in Israel!!!  

Im with you An AMERICAN! Id love to have a president half as god as Mr. Netanyahu...instead of the muslim/weenie were stuck with now.

No matter... He'd most likely 'miss it' even if He was present :/

@Duke-Jinx,

That is so funny, and so true!

"That is so funny, and so true!"  ...and sad all at the same time.

We're probably better off that he NOT be there....then he won't have the opportunity to say something incredibly stupid, or laugh inappropriately...

Good one Marilyn....And so damn true...hehe

Patriotic Republicans should have skipped Barry Hussein's (pbuh) State of the Union speech. Since we cannot get the truth from Barry, we need more world leaders to address Congress and the American people. 

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Fact Check:   'Joe Biden Claims ‘We Didn’t Lock People Up In Cages’

CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed, on immigration: “We didn’t lock people up in cages.”

VERDICT: FALSE. The “cages” were built by the Obama-Biden administration.

Univision moderator Jorge Ramos asked Biden at the third Democrat debate at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, why Latinos should trust him after the Obama administration continued deporting “undocumented immigrants.”

Biden claimed that the Obama administration’s policies were more humane than those of President Donald Trump: “We didn’t lock people up in cages,” he said.

In fact, the “cages” were built by the Obama administration to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally in 2014.

Originally, the Obama administration was “warehousing” children — literally — in overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities. Breitbart News broke the story of the surge, which was partly triggered by Obama’s policy of allowing illegal alien children who entered the country as minors to stay in the country (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA).

Above image credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File

The above photo was published by the Associated Press in June 2014, and the photo below is of Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, touring a Border Patrol facility with “cages.”


Above: Border Patrol officers escort Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer through the department’s Nogales processing facility for immigrant children. (Photo courtesy Barry Bahler/Department of Homeland Security)

The “cages” are chain-link enclosures in Border Patrol processing facilities that are meant to protect children from adults in custody. They are not permanent accommodations.

In mid-2018, as the Trump administration began enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy that stopped the “catch-and-release” policy of letting illegal aliens go after they were arrested. Detaining adults and children meant that children had to be processed separately; the enclosures prevented adults from harming children.

As Breitbart News reported at the time, children were not housed in “cages.” They were processed and then taken to shelters, where they were given medical care, toiletries, education, recreation, and counseling, and where staff attempted to find relatives or sponsors to whom they could be released.

Democrats began tweeting images of “kids in cages” to condemn the Trump administration. Journalists, too, shared those images.

One problem: they were taken during the Obama administration.

Public outrage at the images led President Trump to end the policy, and require families to be detained together.

Democrats keep repeating the mistake, however: in July, they had to delete a tweet that used an image from the Obama era and cited the “inhumane treatment” of children by the Trump administration.

Republicans argue that not detaining illegal aliens is actually the cruel policy, because it encourages migrants to undertake a dangerous journey, often guided by cartels and smugglers.

As Breitbart News’ Alana Mastrangelo noted recently:

But what’s worse than “cages,” however, are reports of migrant children also being handed over to human traffickers during the Obama administration — while Biden was vice president — according to the New York Times. Between October 2013 and July 2015 alone, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries were detained by U.S. authorities.

It remains unclear how many of the tens of thousands of children were handed over to human traffickers — including sex traffickers — during that span of nearly two years, as those cases are reportedly not tracked.

“Others were ransomed by the very smugglers to whom their families paid thousands of dollars to sneak them into the United States,” reported the New York Times in 2015, during Obama’s presidency and Biden’s vice presidency. “Some lost limbs during the journey or found themselves sold into sexual slavery.”

Biden told voters in South Carolina last month that he would close all border detention facilities, guaranteeing that the migrant flow would continue.

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