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Biden hosts the Clintons and tech dignitaries at a state dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida

Biden hosts the Clintons and tech dignitaries at a state dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida

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WASHINGTON — President Biden will host Bill and Hillary Clinton along with major tech giants Wednesday night at the White House for a state dinner in honor of visiting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The Clintons, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Apple CEO Tim Cook will dine with Biden in the East Room of the White House, enjoying a menu that includes house-cured salmon, dry-aged prime rib steak and salted caramel pistachio cake.

Paul Simon, 82, will provide evening entertainment later in the nearby State Dining Room.

The “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” singer is known to be a favorite of First Lady Jill Biden.

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his wife Yoko Kishida at the White House for a state dinner on April 10, 2024. AP Photo/Susan Walsh
Jeff Bezos and his fiancée Lauren Sanchez arrived for a state dinner in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House on Wednesday. AFP via Getty Images
Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive for dinner. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP via Getty Images

Robert De Niro and Tiffany Chen at the state dinner. AP Photo/Jacqueline Martin
Bezos and Sanchez got into the party on Wednesday. Getty Images
Figure skater Christy Yamaguchi was invited to the White House. Photo by Tasos Katopoudis/Getty Images
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his wife, Evan M. Ryan, arrive for dinner. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP via Getty Images

Others expected to attend the lavish celebration are actor Robert De Niro, figure skater Christy Yamaguchi, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, World Bank President Ajay Banga, and UAW President Sean Fine.

Unlike past state dinners, scandal-plagued first son Hunter Biden will not attend, although other members of the first family are on the list, including first daughter Ashley Biden and Hunter's daughters Finnegan and Naomi, as well as Naomi's husband Peter Neal.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and his wife Elissa Leonard arrive at the White House. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP via Getty Images
Bezos and fellow tech giant Tim Cook from Apple are attending the event. Getty Images
Neil Bloom and Leslie Bloom enter the booksellers area of ​​the White House. AP Photo/Jacqueline Martin
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and his wife, Christine Cooper, enter dinner. AP Photo/Jacqueline Martin
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and his wife Grace Cavert at the White House. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP via Getty Images
Biden's granddaughter Naomi Biden with her husband, Peter Neal. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP via Getty Images

Guests include Anthony Bernal, a top aide to First Lady Jill Biden, who was accused by former colleagues last month of sexual harassment and bullying.

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White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients denied the allegations as “baseless” hours after receiving a request for comment — without investigating them.

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