JOE Biden posed for a “family photograph” with the G7 leaders on Friday morning, hours before the president is due to meet with the Queen.
Ahead of the summit, Biden said it was time to “get to work.”
“It’s the first official day of the G7 summit here in the United Kingdom,” he said. “I’m looking forward to reinforcing our commitment to multilateralism and working with our allies and partners to build a more fair and inclusive global economy.”
Later on Friday, Biden and his wife Jill will meet with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle after the G7 summit concludes.
This is Biden’s first trip overseas as president, with tense talks with Vladimir Putin still on the horizon.
Biden has set the stakes for his eight-day trip in sweeping terms, believing that the West must publicly demonstrate it can compete economically with China as the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.
The paramount priority for Biden, who left on Wednesday for his first stop in the United Kingdom, is to convince the world that his Democratic administration is not just a fleeting deviation in the trajectory of an American foreign policy.
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BRITISH PM: ‘BIDEN IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR’
Boris Johnson described Joe Biden as a “big breath of fresh air” when the pair met for the first time yesterday, on the eve of the G7 summit.
“It’s new, it’s interesting and we’re working very hard together. We went on for about an hour and 20 or so. It was a long, long, good session. We covered a huge range of subjects,” Johnson said.
“It’s wonderful to listen to the Biden administration and to Joe Biden, because there’s so much they want to do together with us, from security, NATO, to climate change.”
ANGELA MERKEL TO VISIT WHITE HOUSE THIS SUMMER
President Joe Biden will host German leader Angela Merkel at the White House in July, officials said on Friday.
The White House said Merkel will visit on July 15. It will be her first visit to Washington during Biden’s presidency, and likely her final US visit in a long era as chancellor.
Merkel is set to leave office this year, with the elections to replace her taking place in July.
JOHNSON: ‘WONDERFUL TO SEE LEADERS IN PERSON’
Boris Johnson began his opening remarks by saying how “genuinely wonderful” it is to see everyone in person.
After going through “the most wretched pandemic our countries have faced for our lifetimes, maybe longer,” the British PM said the meeting couldn’t have come at a more important time.
“We need to learn from the pandemic, we need to make sure we don’t repeat some of the errors that we have doubtless made in the course of the last 18 months or so”.
He adds he thinks the economies of the countries need to recover and he thinks they have the potential to bounce back, adding there are reasons to be “optimistic”.
But he cautioned that it is vital “we don’t repeat the mistakes” of the previous financial crisis when the recovery was not “uniform across all parts of society”.
“What risks being a lasting scar is I think inequalities may be entrenched,” he said.
‘IT’S THE FOUNDATION OF EVERYTHING’
First Lady Jill Biden and Duchess Kate met for the first time on Friday at the Connor Downs Academy in Cornwall.
Jill said early childhood education during a pandemic is “very important.”
“It is the foundation of everything. I can tell you that as a teacher in the upper levels, if they don’t have a good foundation, they fall so far behind. So this is amazing to see what these children are doing, and how far advanced they are at 4 and 5 years old,” she said.
BORIS JOHNSON DELIVERS OPENING REMARKS
British PM Boris Johnson opened the G7 summit with a speech voicing optimism for the months ahead.
Johnson said he expects the global economy bounce back quickly and called for a united front in the fight back against Covid.
During his rousing remarks, Boris Johnson borrowed one of Biden’s slogans when he called for the leaders of the seven participating nations to “build back better.”
He also called for the nations to “build back greener” and build back “in a more feminine way.”
WATCH: JILL AND KATE’S FIRST MEETING
G7 LEADERS POSE FOR ‘FAMILY PHOTO’
President Joe Biden posed for a photograph with other G7 leaders on Friday morning, marking the official commencement of the 2021 summit.
G7 SUMMIT BEGINS
The G7 Summit has now officially begun as the leaders from the seven participating nations arrived on the beach of Carbis Bay, England, on Friday morning.
DOES THE G7 HAVE POWER?
The group does wield some power, with prior decisions made at the summit influencing the rest of the world.
Ahead of this year’s summit, G7 finance ministers agreed to back a global minimum tax of at least 15 percent for multinational companies.
The group also stated they believe the world’s biggest companies should pay taxes where they generate sales – and not just where they are headquartered.
WHAT DOES THE G7 DO?
The G7 meet every year for a summit to discuss pressing issues facing the world, such as international security and the global economy.
This year, climate change and the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic are expected to be top of the agenda.
In a statement ahead of the summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would urge his fellow G7 leaders to make concrete commitments to vaccinate the world.
WHAT IS THE G7 SUMMIT?
The G7 stands for the Group of Seven, which is an organization of leaders from some of the world’s largest economies.
The seven is comprised of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Russia was indefinitely suspended from the group – previously known as G8 – in 2014.
The suspension came after the majority of member countries allied against Putin’s annexation of Crimea.
JILL AND KATE DISCUSS FEMALE EMPOWERMENT
First Lady Jill and Duchess Kate discussed female empowerment, children and early education during a seminar at the Connor Downs Academy in Cornwall this morning.
The pair also met with students aged four and five, entering classrooms clad in pink face masks.
A silence befell the children as the pair entered.
“They’re scared to death,” the first lady joked.
JILL BIDEN AND DUCHESS KATE MIDDLETON VISIT UK SCHOOL DURING FIRST MEETING
First Lady Jill and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton met for the first tine on Friday as the pair visited a school to discuss child development during the G7 summit.
The Kate, 39, and the Dr. Jill, 70, both matched in striking pink outfits and were seen beaming as they arrived at the school in Cornwall before meeting with students.
BIDEN TO MEET QUEEN ELIZABETH
After the G7 summit concludes later today, Biden will meet with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.
It’s the first time Biden has met with the Queen since taking office, and the 13th sitting president her Majesty has met during her historic 69-year reign.
Speaking to reporters last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki suggested that Biden was excited to meet the head of the British Monarchy.
“Who among us wouldn’t want to meet the queen?” Psaki said.
“They issued, of course, a graceful invitation, which he certainly accepted. He’s looking forward to seeing her with Dr. Biden as well.”
‘LET’S GET TO WORK’
President Biden said it was time to “get to work” as leaders gathered for the G7 summit in Cornwall.
“It’s the first official day of the G7 summit here in the United Kingdom,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to reinforcing our commitment to multilateralism and working with our allies and partners to build a more fair and inclusive global economy.
“Let’s get to work.”
JOE BIDEN AT THE G7 SUMMIT: WHAT TO KNOW
HARRY AND JILL SHOWS SIGNS OF ‘EASY GOING’ FRIENDSHIP, SAYS BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT
Body language expert Judi James said Harry and Jill exhibit “strong body language signals of rapport and natural, easy-going, complimentary friendship.”
She added: “Jill has also shown a tendency to stay very grounded and it seems that her more spontaneous warmth and what looks like her ability to treat Harry as a normal young guy rather than a royal has allowed him to relax in her company, share her space and her signals of warmth and enjoy her sense of humour, too.
“Harry’s body language with Jill suggests he is suitably awed by the company he is with as he seems to be grinning like a young schoolboy.
“Both have been described as ‘rebellious’ and ‘pranksters’ in their youth, and they share strong interests in mental health and the wounded military.”
TRUMP’S COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR SAYS ‘THANK GOD’ FOR BIDEN
Anthony Scaramucci, one of the White House Directors of Communications during the Trump administration, tweeted in favor of President Joe Biden.
“Thank God Biden won,” Scaramucci said on Thursday. “Literally saved American lives.”
Later, he tweeted: “Trump was abusing power.”
JOE BIDEN’S ITINERARY IN THE UK
Biden held talks with Johnson on June 10, before the G7 summit begins on June 11.
The key summit is scheduled to last three days with Biden then meeting the Queen on June 13.
During his time in the UK, Biden is expected to lay out his plans for a global Covid vaccine strategy to tackle the virus.
Biden plans to donate 500million Pfizer Covid vaccine doses to about 100 countries over the next two years, reports indicate.
The US will distribute 200m shots this year, and 300m in the first half of next year.
The vaccines will be given to 92 lower-income countries and the African Union, and will go through the Covax vaccine alliance.
He will then move to Brussels for Nato and US-EU summits after meeting the Queen on June 13.
WHERE IS JOE BIDEN STAYING DURING G7 SUMMIT?
The castle was built in 1774 and became a hotel in 1871 and is now a Grade-II listed building.
It sits in 72-acres and contains an 18-hole golf course.
It was eventually bought by the Bolitho family.
Colonel Edward Bolitho, the Lord Lieutenant for Cornwall, is a representative of the Queen in the Duchy.
Joe Biden and Boris Johnson’s new Atlantic Charter restates commitment to Northern Ireland GFA.
It pledges that both countries will be “working closely with all parties to the Agreement to protect its delicate balance and realize its vision for reconciliation, consent, equality, respect for rights, and parity of esteem,” per reports.
Joe Biden shows ‘superior power’ with stern gestures while Boris Johnson tries ‘Trump mode’, says body language expert
The PM and US President met for the first time as he flew into Cornwall for the G7 summit, where world leaders will gather in Britain for crunch talks tomorrow.
Judi James told The Sun that Biden attempted to buddy up and get close with a comforting hand on his shoulder – but one that showed “projection of superior power and a sense of paternal-looking control”.
She said: “The old power techniques are always the best when it comes to political posturing and Biden’s friendly-looking shoulder-clamp gesture here is a ritual normally associated with the projection of superior power and a sense of paternal-looking control.”
However, Boris was “submissive” to him, she added.
HOPE AND ‘LOVE’ ON THE HORIZON
Decked out in her “Love” jacket, First Lady Jill Biden emphasized the new administration’s agenda.
“It is important for people to feel a sense of unity and hope after this year of the pandemic,” the first lady and explained that their mission was “bringing love from America, trying to bring unity across the globe.”
“Joe and I are looking forward to meeting the Queen,” she said. “We’ve looked forward to this for weeks … It’s a beautiful beginning.”
BORIS JOHNSON DEFENDS VACCINE PLEDGE AS G7 LEADERS GATHER IN CORNWALL
Boris Johnson has defended his approach to tackling the global coronavirus pandemic as the UK offered at least 100 million surplus vaccine doses to some of the world’s poorest countries.
The Prime Minister made the pledge as leaders of some of the richest democracies on the planet gathered in Cornwall.
The group of seven leading industrialised nations are expected to collectively agree to provide a billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine in an effort to end the pandemic in 2022.
The leaders – including US President Joe Biden – will spend the day discussing issues including the pandemic before a lavish reception at the Eden Project attended by the Queen.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also take part in their first G7 events, another milestone in their progression as senior royals. William and Kate will join the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the G7 leaders reception on Friday evening.
JOE BIDEN ‘DIDN’T’ MAKE ALARM CLEAR OVER NORTHERN IRELAND PROTOCOL, SAYS BORIS JOHNSON
Boris said the pair discussed several issues they wanted to work together on, from security to climate change, and their chats covered a “huge range of subjects”.
He was asked if the US leader had “made his alarm clear” about the Northern Ireland protocal – but he replied: “No, he didn’t”.
However, he said that the US, UK and EU all wanted to uphold the Good Friday agreement and “keep the balance of peace process going”, adding: “I’m optimistic that we can do that.”
Johnson said: “What I can say is that America, the United States, Washington, the UK plus the European Union, have one thing we absolutely all want to do, and that is to uphold the Belfast Good Friday Agreement and make sure we keep the balance of the peace process going.
“That’s absolutely common ground and I’m optimistic that we can do that.”