G7 summit 2021: Biden, 78, calls the Royal Air Force the ‘RFA’ in new gaffe
Joe Biden called the Royal Air Force the ‘RFA’ while addressing US military personnel at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk during his first-ever speech as US President on British soil last night.
The gaffe came after the 78-year-old President declared that the Anglo-American alliance forged during World War Two was the ‘strongest military and political alliance in the history of the world’.
Mr Biden told US troops: ‘These partnerships have been hardened in the fire of war. Generations of Americans and service members fought them. Like the original Bloody Hundredth, and those RFA pilots.’
He had already been admonished by his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, who told him to ‘pay attention’ as the President stared at troops positioned behind the stage at the military base.
The US commander-in-chief, the oldest ever occupant of the White House, has been the subject of repeated questions about his mental faculties and fitness to be in charge of the world’s largest nuclear arsenal.
He is known to make mistakes, have mix-ups or even digress during speeches or while answering questions.
And British pro-Brexit politicians today called him ‘senile’ in a feud over White House accusations that Boris Johnson has ‘inflamed’ tensions in Northern Ireland in a dispute with the EU over trade arrangements.
In March, the President was seen falling up the stairs three times while boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews before finally reaching the top of the plane and saluting. White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre later claimed that he had been blown over by the wind.
Mr Biden has also referred to his vice-president Kamala Harris as ‘President Harris’, forgotten the name of his Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and confused his granddaughter with his late son, Beau.
Joe Biden called the Royal Air Force the ‘RFA’ while addressing US military personnel based in Britain at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk during his first-ever speech as US President on UK soil last night
The gaffe came after the 78-year-old President declared that the Anglo-American alliance forged during the Second World War was the ‘strongest military and political alliance in the history of the world’
He had already been admonished by his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, who told him to ‘pay attention’ as the President stared at troops positioned behind the stage at the military base
The President and First Lady travelled to the Tregenna Castle Hotel, where they stayed last night, in an armoured SUV with a union flag and stars and stripes flying from the hood. The traditional ‘beast’ armoured’ limousine was not used
Mr Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are staying at the Tregenna Castle Hotel in St Ives during the G7 Summit in Cornwall
Cornwall is the site of the G7 Summit, where the leaders of Britain, the US, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada will discuss the pandemic, climate change and the threats posed to world order by China and Russia
Joe Biden’s G7 schedule includes a meeting with the Queen after summit
President Joe Biden’s first foreign trip as the US leader will feature a meeting with the Queen following the G7 summit. Here’s his full schedule to June 16:
Wednesday, June 9
Biden and his wife, Jill, leave Washington on Wednesday morning. Their first stop in the UK will be at Royal Air Force Mildenhall to greet US Air Force personnel stationed there. Mildenhall is home to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, the only permanent US Air Force air refueling wing in the European theater.
Thursday, June 10
Biden will meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson at St Michael’s Mount, a 17th-century castle on an island just off the coast of Cornwall.
Jill Biden will have tea separately with the Prime Minister’s wife Carrie Johnson.
The Bidens are staying at Tregenna Castle Hotel n St Ives with the rest of the G7 leaders.
Friday, June 11
Biden will attend the G7 summit for three days starting on Friday, to work on US policy priorities such as the economy and allied unity.
Saturday, June 12
Biden will attend more G7 summit meetings in Cornwall and have bilateral meetings with fellow G7 leaders.
Jill Biden will meet members of Bude Surf Veterans, which helps UK military veterans through surfing.
Sunday, June 13
Biden will finish his meetings at the G7 summit. Afterward, the Bidens will meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. Then Biden will travel to Brussels for the night.
Monday, June 14
Biden will meet NATO leaders and have a private meeting with the president of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan.
Tuesday, June 15
Biden will hold more NATO meetings and then fly to Geneva for the night.
Wednesday, June 16
Biden will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, their first face-to-face meeting since Biden became president. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Monday it was unclear whether the two leaders would hold a joint news conference after their talks.
But the latest blunder could raise concerns about the mental agility of Mr Biden, who is using the G7 Summit in Cornwall to tackle issues including the pandemic, climate change and the threats to international stability posed by China and Russia.
Senior Tories have even branded the Democrat ‘senile’ after he chose to rebuke Britain for ‘inflaming tensions’ over the Northern Ireland Brexit Protocol in London’s ‘sausage war’ bust-up with the EU.
During his speech at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, Mr Biden had tough talk for Vladimir Putin when he said: ‘I’m meeting with Mr Putin to let him know what I want him to know,’ drawing cheers from the Air Force personnel.
He also told the crowd of American troops that ‘global warming’ is the biggest threat to the US, teared up as he paid tribute to his late veteran son Beau and boasted that ‘America is back’.
At the start of his speech he told the standing troops to sit by saying ‘at ease’, then said: ‘I keep forgetting I am president’.
The president has trashed talked Putin before, calling him a ‘killer with no soul,’ and has made it clear he intends to take Putin to task for Moscow’s interference in US elections, its treatment of dissidents and the series of ransomware attacks carried out by Russian hackers.
At their arrival on Wednesday night, the Bidens received a warm welcome at the base, garnering several rounds of applause. They spoke outdoors as the sun set behind them. Both Bidens wore face masks but took them off to speak.
President Biden also mentioned his late son Beau, a major in the Delaware Army National Guard. He teared up as he thanked military personnel the Royal Air Force Mildenhall for their service.
‘I wish my major was here to thank you as well,’ he said referencing his late son, who died of brain cancer in 2015. ‘You’re the best of our country,’ he added.
He also outlined the goals of his trip and the message he wanted to give to world: ‘The United States is back and the democracies of the world are standing together to face the toughest challenges.’
It marked the start of his first foreign trip as president; eight days in Europe where he will meet Boris Johnson and his new wife Carrie, the rest of the G7 leaders, The Queen, NATO officials and, finally, Mr Putin on June 16 in Geneva.
When he meets Mr Johnson later today, he is set to set up a new ‘Atlantic Charter’ modelled on the post-Second World War pact made by FDR and Winston Churchill and will work to open up travel between the US and UK ‘as soon as possible’.
However, there are signs that Mr Biden and Mr Johnson may not get along so easily, after Washington rebuked London for ‘inflaming tensions’ over the Northern Ireland Brexit Protocol – an astonishing broadside at an ally.
A memo seen by the Times states that the President had used his diplomats to ‘strongly urge’ Britain to ‘stay cool’ and reach an agreement with the EU, even if that meant making ‘unpopular [political] compromises’.
Mr Biden even threatened to torpedo British chances of striking a new free trade deal with the US if Mr Johnson did not calm tensions – sparking fury among senior Brexiteers who branded the 78-year-old ‘senile’.
The White House has since tried to put out the flames of a major transatlantic bust-up with Britain, with a senior administration official telling the BBC: ‘This is wrong.
‘First this discussion wasn’t directed by the President. It was not heightened. As with any ally we have diplomatic conversations about areas where we have concern at many levels.
‘Jake (Sullivan – US national security adviser) addressed the issue of Northern Ireland during his BBC interview and the message sent privately was exactly the same.’
Joe Biden and Boris Johnson’s visit to St Michael’s Mount cancelled due to fog
Joe Biden and Boris Johnson’s planned visit to St Michael’s Mount today has been cancelled due to bad weather, MailOnline understands.
The President and PM were due to have a bilateral at the 17th-century castle on an island off the coast of Cornwall when they meet for the first time today.
However, the location has been changed due to bad weather including fog. It is thought the two leaders will instead meet at the four-star Carbis Bay Hotel.
Mr Biden and Mr Johnson are tipped to affirm the so-called Special Relationship between the two countries and set up a new Atlantic Charter modelled on the Second World War pact made by Roosevelt and Churchill. They are also expected to work on opening up Anglo-US travel ‘as soon as possible’.
The official later added that the president would not get ‘controversial or adversarial’ when he speaks to the PM about Northern Ireland.
‘He didn’t come here to give a lecture,’ they said.
‘He believes that the Good Friday agreement is the foundation for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland … the current discussions between the UK and EU should continue the vitality of Good Friday agreement.’
However, if it is confirmed that a demarche was sent, it will show the strength of feeling in the Biden administration over Northern Ireland.
The Northern Ireland Protocol, agreed in October 2019, seeks to prevent a hard land border between the UK province and the Republic of Ireland. Under the terms of the deal, Northern Ireland is effectively in the Single Market and is also bound by the rules of the EU customs union. However, tensions between Britain and Brussels have flared over the flow of UK-produced chilled meats to Northern Ireland, dubbed the ‘sausage war’.
The president staunchly opposed the Brexit movement, the British exodus from the European Union that Johnson championed, and has expressed great concern with the future of Northern Ireland. And Biden once called the British leader a ‘physical and emotional clone’ of Trump.
His rebuke to Mr Johnson is a marked departure from the US’s hostility to the EU under his predecessor. Mr Trump spent his four-year term embroiled in rows with European nations over transatlantic trade and the level of contributions made by NATO member states to defence spending levels.
But Mr Biden’s criticism of Mr Johnson and the UK should be seen through the context of the president’s own personal and familial interest in Ireland.
Mr Biden, who is fiercely proud of his Irish roots, has warned that nothing should undermine Northern Ireland’s 1998 Good Friday peace accord. Some on the British side have viewed Biden warily because of his heritage.
Mr Biden has previously spoken with pride about his Irish Catholic roots in his Pennsylvania birthplace, and he travelled to County Mayo in 2016 to visit distant relatives. He is seen as far more open to Irish re-unification than his predecessor. And he is unlikely to see eye-to-eye with loyalists like the DUP.
In 2015 he sparked fury, when, as a senator, he quipped to an Irish delegation that no one ‘wearing orange’ was welcome in his house on St Patrick’s Day, a comment seen as a slur against Protestants in Ulster.
Queen will welcome Joe Biden with pomp and ceremony at Windsor: Grenadier Guards will give Royal Salute to US president and First Lady Jill Biden while Star-Spangled Banner is played this Sunday
The Queenwill host US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden for tea at Windsor Castle this Sunday following the G7 summit, royal officials confirmed today.
The 95-year-old monarch will welcome Mr Biden, who will be the 13th serving US president she has formally received, and his wife at the dais in the quadrangle.
A Guard of Honour will be formed of the Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards, who will give a Royal Salute, and the US National Anthem will be played.
Mr Biden will then accompany the Officer Commanding the Guard of Honour, Major James Taylor, and Major General Christopher Ghika, to inspect the Guard of Honour.
The President will then return to the dais to watch the military march past alongside The Queen and his wife. The Bidens will then join the Queen for tea in the castle.
Mr Biden was also photographed alongside former Sinn Fein president Mr Adams and with his arm around the party’s then US representative, Rita O’Hare, in 2017. In 1972 she was arrested in Northern Ireland for the attempted murder of a British Army officer in Belfast the previous year.
Yesterday the First Lady thanked the troops their service in her brief remarks, and touted her Joining Forces initiative – a group she formed with then-first lady Michelle Obama to support families of American troops.
‘I hope that you know how special you are. And we are so grateful for your and your family’s service,’ she said.
She and the US President left the White House on Wednesday and touched down at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk in Air Force One just after 7.30pm, kicking off the president’s eight-day trip to Europe.
The UK stop will include this week’s G7 summit as well as face-to-face meetings with the Queen and Mr Johnson.
Mr Biden’s packed scheduled also includes meetings with NATO leaders and EU leaders in Brussels. His trip will be capped off with a sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva next week.
For his first event, Mr Biden will meet US military personnel stationed at the base before heading to Carbis Bay near St Ives, where the leaders of Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada will gather for three days.
Mr Biden is scheduled to meet with Mr Johnson for face-to-face talks today – the first time the two men will have met in person – before the G7 Summit formally gets underway on Friday. However, their planned visit to St Michael’s Mount off the coast of Cornwall has been cancelled due to bad weather.
When the summit ends on Sunday, the President and First Lady will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle.
Mr Biden will then depart for Brussels where he will attend a NATO summit and a joint US-EU summit before then heading to Switzerland for a bilateral showdown with Mr Putin.
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Mr Biden said that the trip is about ‘realising America’s renewed commitment to our allies and partners’ as he attempts to build bridges with Britain and the EU after some leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel clashed with his predecessor.
Mr Trump engaged in a bitter trade row with the EU and slammed NATO members for failing to spend more on defense – sparking fears that he would pull the US out of the military alliance and embolden Russian activity in Ukraine and eastern Europe.
Mr Trump also formally withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Agreement – both negotiated by Barack Obama. One of Mr Biden’s first acts as President was to rejoin the climate accord and reopen nuclear talks with the Iranian government, as he sought to reverse the actions of the previous administration.
The White House has said that Mr Biden will meet with Mr Johnson to ‘affirm the special relationship between our nations’ – a term which the prime minister reportedly dislikes because it is ‘too needy’.
Whitehall is understood to have viewed the President’s decision to make the UK his first overseas destination as a major diplomatic victory for Mr Johnson.
Tripping up the stairs, calling Kamala Harris ‘president’ and introducing his granddaughter as his late son: Biden’s numerous gaffes over the years
Over the past few years, President Joe Biden has made the news for things he’s said and done – but not related to policy.
Rather the 78-year-old has had a knack for gaffes.
During speeches or while answering questions, Biden is known to make mistakes, have mix-ups or even digress.
The commander-in-chief has even been caught tripping a time or two, raising speculation about his physical health.
DailyMail.com has compiled many of Biden’s notable mis-speaks. foot-in-mouth moments and slips.
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Over the years, President Joe Biden has made numerous gaffes and mix-ups and has even been caught falling. Pictured: Biden falling while walking up the stairs of Air Force One
TRIPPING WHILE BOARDING AIR FORCE ONE
On Friday, video captured Biden tripping up the stairs as he boarded Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews.
In the clip, Biden stumbles as he walks up the airstairs. He grabs the hand railing to catch his balance, but then loses his footing two additional times.
During the third stumble, he falls to his knees. However, after brushing off his leg, he reaches the top of the plane and gives a salute before disappearing inside.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre later told reporters that Biden was ‘100 percent fine’ and preparing for his trip in Atlanta.
‘It’s pretty windy outside. It’s very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself,’ she said.
On Friday, he was caught tripping up the stairs as he boarded Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews
CALLING KAMALA ‘PRESIDENT HARRIS’
Just one day earlier, Biden accidentally referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as ‘President Harris.’
The gaffe occurred during a press conference on Thursday, during which he lauded his administration for being close to meeting their goal of 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office.
‘Now when President Harris and I took a virtual tour of a vaccination center in Arizona not long ago, one of the nurses on that, on that tour injecting people, giving vaccinations, said that each shot was like administering a dose of hope,’ Biden said.
Harris was standing behind Biden as the president carried on with his speech, but did not correct himself.
Later that day, when the White House released the transcript of his speech, Harris’s proper title was inserted with brackets.
Just one day earlier, during a press conference on Thursday (pictured), he referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as ‘President Harris’
FORGOT NAME OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
In a speech on March 9, Biden seemed to fumble with his words and forget the name of his Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
‘I want to thank Sec – the former general – I keep calling him ‘General,” Biden said.
‘My – the guy who runs that outfit over there. I want to make sure we thank the Secretary for all he’s done to try to implement what we’ve just talked about, and for recommending these two women for promotion.’
The slip-occurred despite the fact that just a few minutes earlier, he had mentioned Austin’s name in the speech without an issue.
Earlier this month, while making a speech, Biden seemed to forget the name of his Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (above)
INTRODUCES GRANDDAUGHTER AS HIS SON
During an Election Day speech in Philadelphia, Biden stumbled over his words and confused his granddaughter with his late son, Beau Biden.
Biden told the crowd: ‘I want to introduce you to two of my granddaughters…this is my son, Beau Biden who a lot of you helped elect to the Senate in Delaware.’
The commander-in-chief had meant to introduce the crowed to Natalie, Beau’s daughter, but hadn’t just mixed up the name but the person – he also put his arm around Finnegan Biden, Hunter’s daughter.
He finally corrected himself as he draped his arm around Natalie’s shoulder and said: ‘This is Natalie, this is Beau’s daughter.’
Beau Biden passed away in 2015 after a months-long battle with glioblastoma, one of the deadliest types of brain cancer.
On Election Day, in November, Biden introduced a crowd to his granddaughter, but referred to her as his son
TOLD STATE SENATOR IN WHEELCHAIR TO STAND UP
Not all of Biden’s gaffes occurred in the 2020s or even the 2010s. In fact, some happened in the early aughts.
In September 2008, after Biden had been named former President Barack Obama’s running mate, he attended a campaign rally in Missouri.
It was there that he called on then-Missouri state senator Chuck Graham, who passed away last year. to stand up for the crowd.
In 2008, Biden told then-Missouri state senator Chuck Graham to stand up for the crowd at a rally, before realizing he was in a wheelchair
‘I’m told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up Chuck, let ’em see you,’ Biden said.
It was at that moment he realized Graham was in a wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy.
‘Oh, God love you. What am I talking about. I’ll tell you what, you’re making everybody else stand up, though, pal.’
According to the Columbia Tribune, Graham said he was never offended by the mistake.
Biden’s Cornish West Wing: US president and G7 leaders hole up in £200-a-night castle hotel that has been turned into a fortress in staycation hotspot St Ives
World leaders attending the G7 summit in Cornwall this weekend will spend their downtime at a £200-a-night 18th century castle that has been turned into a fortress.
The Grade II-listed Tregenna Castle Resort was built in 1774 and will be home for the likes of US president Joe Biden between discussions at the summit.
And Mr Biden will feel right at home with the hotel’s best rooms dubbed the West Wing Sea View rooms with stunning views over St Ives.
Set in 72 acres with commanding views of the St Ives coastline, the Treganna Castle was seen as the perfect place for world leaders to stay and relax after attending meetings of the G7 summit.
With its secluded grounds, manicured lawns and an 18-hole golf course – an ideal landing spot for US President Joe Biden’s Marine One helicopter – it is by far the largest and grandest hotel in Cornwall.
With 98 rooms and 55 apartments it was large enough to cope with the President’s entourage of advisors and Secret Service agents as well as other world leaders from France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie will also be in residence during the summit taking place a short distance away at the Carbis Bay Hotel.
And to ensure the privacy of the world leaders, a giant fence has been erected around Tregenna, with police on patrol with sniffer dogs and extra lighting installed.
Tregenna Castle Resort was built in 1774 and will be home for the likes of US president Joe Biden between discussions at the summit
The Tregenna Castle Resort in St. Ives, Cornwall. World leaders attending the G7 summit will be staying at the hotel resort
Pictured: Self-contained apartments at the hotel resort. Set in 72 acres with commanding views of the St Ives coastline, the Treganna Castle was seen as the perfect place for world leaders to stay and relax
The US President and his wife Jill are thought to be staying in one of the self-contained apartments (pictured) with spectacular views over St Ives Bay or one of the West Wing suites
With 98 rooms and 55 apartments the hotel is large enough to cope with the President’s entourage of advisors and Secret Service agents as well as other world leaders from France, Germany, Italy and Japan
The hotel is less than a ten minute drive from the Carbis Bay Hotel in Cornwall where Mr Biden and Mr Johnson will be attempting to thrash out agreements on issues like climate change, international travel and Northern Ireland, alongside other world leaders.
Perched on top of a hill overlooking Carbis Bay on the Cornish coastline, politicians will be able to explore Tregenna’s secluded grounds and natural woodlands – and perhaps even enjoy a friendly game on its 18-hole golf course.
They will also be able to take a dip in the hotel’s indoor or outdoor swimming pools, a round of tennis on its two all-weather courts or even a workout in its well-stocked fitness suite.
The US President and his wife Jill are thought to be staying in one of the self-contained apartments with spectacular views over St Ives Bay or one of the West Wing suites.
Tregenna was built in 1774 as a 12-bedroom private home for a wealthy Cornishman with a love for the sea.
Samuel Stephens commissioned the build of the house from local granite. The house remained in the family until it was sold by their final heir, John Stephens, to a family of local bankers, the Bolithos, in 1871.
The hotel is named after the hill in St Ives which it was built upon with the renowned architect John Wood the Younger, best known for Bath’s Royal Crescent, designing the home.
The Bolithos acquired the house at the same time that Isambard Kingdom Brunel was building the Great Western Railway from London to Penzance to serve the West of England.
Tregenna was built in 1774 as a 12-bedroom private home for a wealthy Cornishman with a love for the sea
Guests will be able to take a dip in the hotel’s indoor or outdoor swimming pools, a round of tennis on its two all-weather courts or even a workout in its well-stocked fitness suite
The hotel is named after the hill in St Ives which it was built upon with the renowned architect John Wood the Younger, best known for Bath’s Royal Crescent, designing the hom
Mr Biden will feel right at home with the hotel’s best rooms dubbed the West Wing Sea View rooms with stunning views over St Ives
Great Western Railway bought the hotel in 1895 and it was so popular they later named two steam locomotives after the castle resort
At the time it was then fashionable for all the great railway companies to establish destination hotels by the sea.
Great Western Railway bought the hotel in 1895 and it was so popular they later named two steam locomotives after the castle resort.
Sir Daniel Gooch, the chairman of the GWR, stayed at the hotel a few weeks after it opened to the public and recorded in his diary: ‘The situation of this house is very fine; it is a castle within its own grounds of about 70 acres (28 ha), a great part of which are gardens and woods with pretty shaded walks.’
The hotel underwent major development throughout the early 1900s.
The West Wing was completed in 1932 with one of the guests Hitler’s Ambassador, Herr Von Ribbentrop.
It’s said that he later sent a message back which stated that on no account was St Ives to be bombed as he wished to live in Tregenna when ‘they’ had won the war.
Under the current owners, the Treganna Hotel Estate, the luxury destination has hosted many famous guests, from the late Duke of Edinburgh, former Prime Minister John Major, actress Dame Judy Dench and singer David Bowie.
The West Wing was completed in 1932 with one of the guests Hitler’s Ambassador, Herr Von Ribbentrop. It’s said that he later sent a message back which stated that on no account was St Ives to be bombed as he wished to live in Tregenna when ‘they’ had won the war
Under the current owners, the Treganna Hotel Estate, the luxury destination has hosted many famous guests, from the late Duke of Edinburgh, former Prime Minister John Major, actress Dame Judy Dench and singer David Bowie
The cast of the hit TV series Poldark, including its star Aiden Turner, also stayed at the hotel while filming the BBC series
Away from the G7 summit the hotel is popular for weddings with two indoor and four outdoor venues
Extinction Rebellion protesters pictured on a bridge in Reruth near the site of the G7 summit in Cornwall this morning
A ring of steel surrounding the G7 summit has seen 11,000 police officers and 150 sniffer dogs gather to combat potential threats
To ensure the privacy of the world leaders, a giant fence has been erected around Tregenna, with police on patrol with sniffer dogs and extra lighting installed
The cast of the hit TV series Poldark, including its star Aiden Turner, also stayed at the hotel while filming the BBC series.
As well as the 18-hole President’s golf course there are two swimming pools for leisure activities.
Away from the G7 summit the hotel is popular for weddings with two indoor and four outdoor venues.
A ring of steel surrounding the G7 summit has seen 11,000 police officers and 150 sniffer dogs gather to combat potential threats.
President Biden and his wife Jill flew into Newquay Airport shortly before midnight and were driven to their accommodation at Treganna in a convoy of cars flanked by police outriders.