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Biden will not host foreign leaders for ‘couple’ of months, White House says

US President Joe Biden will not be hosting foreign counterparts at the White House for at least a couple of months, his spokeswoman says, underlining the administration’s strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

“It will be a couple of months before the president has an in-person or invites a foreign leader to meet in person here at the White House,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki tells reporters.

Imminent foreign trips for Biden are also not expected, the White House has said.

US President Joe Biden speaks about the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 5, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — the first foreign leader to get a phone call from newly sworn-in Biden in January — sparked speculation that an in-person summit was being planned for February. “The two leaders agreed to meet next month,” Trudeau’s office said after the call.

However, Psaki says only a video link is planned. “We can meet over video, as you all know,” she says.

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