US Politics

Biden’s G-7 focus in Japan disrupted by Washington debt fight

Talks between the White House and Republicans stalled over the weekend, with McCarthy saying there couldn’t be progress until Biden returned

US president Joe Biden at the G7 summit in Hiroshima. Picture: Getty

President Joe Biden was physically present at the Group of Seven summit in Japan but his focus was often 7,000 miles away on Washington, where talks to avert a catastrophic US default hit an impasse.

The White House hastily rewrote Biden’s schedule in Hiroshima after scrapping planned stops in Australia and Papua New Guinea just before his departure from the US so he could return home for debt-limit talks. The result was a summit where ...