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Video: Biden Appears to Push UK Prime Minister Aside in Bizarre Tarmac Meeting

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President Joe Biden appeared to disrespect British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak upon his early Wednesday morning arrival in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Biden moved Sunak to the side so he could salute Lord-Lieutenant David McCorkell, King Charles III’s personal representative for County Antrim, according to the Daily Mail of the United Kingdom.

In response to a video of the incident, one Twitter user said, “It’s not exactly a push but he quite disrespectfully kind of places Sunak to one side like he’s not that bothered about him. Biden is not a nice man. He thinks this shows his ‘Oirish’ credentials to be giving short shrift to the UK PM.”

Biden frequently boasts of his Irish ancestry. He intended to spend two and a half days in the Republic of Ireland after spending a half-day in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. Euronews reported that the president will visit the Irish seaside community of Carlingford to trace his family’s origins.

Regarding the incident on the airfield, a second Twitter user speculated that Biden may have moved Sunak to the side because he did not know or recognize the prime minister and mistook McCorkell for Charles.

Paul Clark, a news anchor for UTV in Northern Ireland, argued that Biden handled the situation appropriately.

“It’s called international protocol!!!! On arrival, a visiting Head of State is welcomed by – in this case – the Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim… representing the King!” Clark tweeted.

Biden later shared a cup of tea with Sunak in a Belfast hotel before delivering a speech at Ulster University in Belfast.

The president is in Ireland to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, which ended decades of violent conflict between Catholics and Protestants on the Emerald Isle, according to the Washington Post.

Former Massachusetts representative Joseph Kennedy III, whom Vice President Joe Biden appointed special envoy to Northern Ireland in December, accompanied the president to Belfast on Wednesday.

Kennedy is the grandson of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and the late President John F. Kennedy’s great-nephew.

In June 1963, during the final year of his presidency, JFK, who, like Biden, was an Irish Catholic, visited his ancestral home.

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