Biden swats cicada from neck after horde delayed press plane en route to G7: ‘Watch out’
President Joe Biden was forced to swat a large cicada from his neck as he boarded Air Force One for his first foreign trip as president after the insects grounded his press plane en route to G7.
"Watch out for the Cicadas, One just got me," the president jokingly warned reporters following his close contact with the bug as he went to board the aircraft.
The humourous incident comes after the president's press plane was brought to a dramatic halt on Tuesday by the pesky insects after a horde of Brood X cicadas grounded the aircraft for five hours.
The large, clear-winged insects with bulbous eyes, descended on the aircraft's engine as it was poised to take off for Europe ahead of Mr Biden's first foreign trip as president.
"The White House press charter, flying from Dulles to Europe ahead of President Biden, has been delayed for hours – due to mechanical issues caused by cicadas," Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire reported in a tweet.
CNN's Chief White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins seconded the reports, insisting that Mr Lemire was not "kidding".
"The White House press charter for the foreign trip is delayed several hours because of cicada-related mechanical issues," she said.