Joe Biden will arrive in the UK this evening to begin his first overseas trip as US president ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall.
Mr. Biden and his wife Jill are expected to land on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk to kick off an eight-day trip to Europe.
He will meet with US military personnel stationed at the base before heading to Carbis Bay near St Ives for the meeting of world leaders.
The president will meet Boris Johnson for face-to-face talks tomorrow – the first time the two men will meet in person – before the summit officially begins on Friday.
Biden’s arrival in the UK should be considerably calmer than that of his White House predecessor, Donald Trump, who was greeted by a storm of protests.
Joe Biden will arrive in the UK tonight as he begins his first overseas trip as US president ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall
The president is expected to meet Boris Johnson for face-to-face talks tomorrow – the first time the two men have met – before the summit officially begins on Friday. The Prime Minister is pictured in Downing Street Garden at a reception for teachers today
After succeeding Trump after his only contentious tenure in the White House, Biden said in an article for the Washington Post that the trip is about “fulfilling America’s renewed commitment to our allies and partners.”
Mr. Biden also said he will meet with Mr. Johnson to “affirm the special relationship between our nations”.
The fact that Biden’s first overseas visit since winning the White House keys was to the UK was seen in Whitehall as a diplomatic victory for Johnson.
Biden’s visit to Europe will inevitably be seen as an attempt to repair the relationships that were damaged during Trump’s time in the White House.
Trump has engaged in a bitter trade conflict with the EU and has also criticized NATO members for not spending more on defense out of fear that he might pull the US out of the alliance.
The former president also sparked anger in European capitals after formally withdrawing the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change. One of Mr. Biden’s first acts after he took office was to join the agreement.
Johnson and his ministers have praised Biden since winning power amid persistent fears that the prime minister and the president of the United States might not get along.
Democratic sources previously questioned whether Johnson was an “ally”, with Mr. Biden previously describing him as a “physical and emotional clone” of Trump.
There was also speculation that the couple might struggle to work together due to Johnson’s past criticism of Barack Obama that Mr. Biden served as vice president.
Reports this week suggested that Mr. Johnson is not a fan of the phrase “special relationship” after a US magazine reported telling aides that he does not like the seemingly “needy and weak” term.
Downing Street aides reportedly said he “prefers not to use the phrase” and is instead intent on fostering a “close relationship” with Washington.
The Prime Minister hopes part of this will include a new free trade agreement with the United States.
However, the US president and a number of other politicians in Washington have raised concerns about Brexit’s impact on Northern Ireland, fearing that the UK’s separation from Brussels could derail a trade deal.
Mr. Biden will join others from the G7 group of major economies on Friday in Carbis Bay, where there is the prospect of some protests.
Mr. Biden and his wife Jill are expected to land on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk to kick off an eight-day trip to Europe. They are pictured in Washington on June 4th
The Prime Minister plans to use the summit to urge members – including Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Italy – to “defeat” Covid-19 by helping vaccinate the world by the end of next year.
At the conclusion of the summit, the President of the United States and the First Lady will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle.
Biden will then depart for Brussels, where he will attend a NATO summit and a joint US-EU summit before heading to Geneva in Switzerland.
The White House said in April, when it confirmed the trip to Europe, that Biden “will highlight his commitment to restoring our alliances, revitalizing transatlantic relations and working closely with our allies and multilateral partners to address global challenges. and better protect America “. interests’.