- President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
- He attended several meetings and traveled to Israel and Saudi Arabia in the days before.
- Here's a timeline of his public events over the past week.
President Joe Biden was giving speeches, attending meetings, and traveling in the Middle East before his COVID-19 diagnosis on Thursday.
The president, who's fully vaccinated and twice boosted, is experiencing mild symptoms and isolating at the White House, taking meetings by phone and Zoom, the White House announced. His travel plans have been canceled for at least the next five days.
Here's a timeline of where Biden was and who he met with on his public calendar in the week before his positive test:
Thursday, July 14
Biden was on his second day of travel in Israel, where he held a press conference with Prime Minister Yair Lapid. The president also met with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with leaders from India and the United Arab Emirates.
Several Biden administration officials also traveled to the region with Biden, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, and a dozen other advisors.
Friday, July 15
Biden gave a speech at a hospital in East Jerusalem, where he pledged an additional $100 million aimed at helping Palestinian hospitals in the area.
The president also traveled to the West Bank and met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Biden then left for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saturday, July 16
Biden was in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and attended a slew of meetings, inlcuding with the leader of Iraq, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The president returned to Washington, DC, late Saturday evening.
Sunday, July 17
Biden attended church at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, and held no public events.
Monday, July 18
Biden held no public events.
Tuesday, July 19
First lady Jill Biden met with Ukrainian First lady Olena Zelenska at the White House, whom Biden greeted upon her arrival, carrying a bouquet of flowers, according to a pool report. The president held no public events.
Wednesday, July 20
Biden delivered remarks on climate change and clean energy from Brayton Point Power Station, a power plant in Somerset, Massachusetts.
He traveled with eight of his White House advisors, along with a group of Massachusetts Democrats, including Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren and Reps. Jake Auchincloss and Bill Keating.