Joe Biden jets off for UK to meet Boris Johnson and Queen and attend G7 summit
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 U.S. Air Force personnel stationed there. Mildenhall is home to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, the only permanent U.S. Air Force air refueling wing in the European theater.
Thursday, June 10
Biden will meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Cornwall, site of the G7 summit, to reaffirm the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Friday, June 11
Biden will attend the G7 summit for three days starting on Friday, to work on U.S. 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.
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.
Joe Biden has left the White House for the G7 Summit in Cornwall, where he will arrive this evening as he begins his first overseas trip as US President.
Mr Biden and his wife Jill, a British university professor, are expected to land at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk in Air Force One as they kick off an eight-day trip to Europe.
He will meet US military personnel stationed at the base before heading to Carbis Bay near St Ives for the meeting of the leaders of Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada over this weekend.
The President is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson for face-to-face talks tomorrow – the first time the two men will have met in person – before the summit formally gets underway on Friday.
When the summit ends on Sunday the US 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 Geneva in Switzerland for a bilateral showdown with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In an article for the Washington Post, Mr Biden announced that the trip is about ‘realising America’s renewed commitment to our allies and partners’ as he attempts to mend relations with the EU.
His predecessor Donald Trump engaged in a bitter trade row with the EU and slamming NATO members for failing to spend more on defence – sparking fears that he would pull the US out of the alliance – during his single fractious term in the White House.
The Republican president also sparked anger after he formally withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, 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 renegotiate with Iran.
Mr Biden also said that he would meet with Mr Johnson to ‘affirm the special relationship between our nations’ – a term which the British premier reportedly told the President that he hates 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, who was described by Mr Trump as ‘Britain Trump’ in 2019.
However, Mr Biden is expected to put pressure on the British government to abide by the Northern Ireland Protocol established during Brexit negotiations with the EU to protect the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told the BBC: ‘President Biden believes and has said that the Northern Ireland Protocol, as part of the agreement between the UK and the European Union, is critical to ensuring that the spirit, promise and future of the Good Friday Agreement is protected.
‘That being said, of course the UK and EU need to work out the specifics and the modalities on that, need to find some way to proceed that works both for the EU and the UK. But whatever way they find to proceed must, at its core, fundamentally protect the gains of the Good Friday Agreement and not imperil that.
‘And that is the message that President Biden will send when he is in Cornwall.’
Mr Johnson and his ministers have lavished praised on Mr Biden since he won power last year, amid fears the Prime Minister and the President may not get along.
Democratic sources previously questioned whether Mr Johnson was an ‘ally’, with the President having previously described him as a ‘physical and emotional clone’ of Mr Trump.
There was also speculation the pair could struggle to work together because of Mr Johnson’s past criticism of Mr Obama, in whose administration Mr Biden served as vice president.
Mr Johnson was criticised at home over his relationship with Mr Trump, but he repeatedly defended the ties as he insisted in January that prime ministers should always have the ‘best possible’ ties with the sitting US president.
He told the Liaison Committee at the start of the year: ‘I am in favour of the Prime Minister of the UK having the best possible relationship with the President of the United States and I had an excellent conversation very recently with president-elect Joe Biden.’
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill left the White House on Wednesday on the way to Cornwall where they will meet Boris Johnson and attend the G7, before a meeting with the Queen and his summit with Vladimir Putin
Mr Biden and his wife Jill are expected to land on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk as they kick off an eight-day trip to Europe.
Preparations remain ongoing ahead of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay later this week. A Royal Navy vessel is pictured off the coast of Cornwall on June 8
United States Marine Corps (USMC) Osprey helicopters are seen flying above St Michael’s Mount, left, and landing on a grass area of the mount, right. The Osprey helicopters carry Biden’s staff, while the President travels in Marine One
Why is Joe Biden landing at RAF Mildenhall?
RAF Mildenhall has been home to US airforce personnel and equipment for decades.
The Suffolk base has been used by the American military since 1950, providing Washington with a military foothold in Europe.
Several units are still based there permanently, including the 100th Air Refuelling Wing and a branch of its special operations command.
It had been originally earmarked for closure in 2022 after the Pentagon decided to scale down its military presence on the continent.
However, that decision was later reversed and operations are due to continue at the base.
This week reports suggested Mr Johnson is not a fan of the phrase ‘special relationship’ after an American magazine reported he told aides 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 PM hopes that part of that will include a new free trade deal with the US. However, the US President as well as a host of other politicians in Washington have raised concerns about Brexit’s impact on Northern Ireland amid fears the UK’s split from Brussels could derail a potential trade agreement.
Mr Biden will join others from the G7 group of leading economies in Carbis Bay on Friday, where there is the prospect of some protests.
Mr Johnson plans to use the summit to urge the members – also including Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Italy – to ‘defeat’ Covid-19 by helping to vaccinate the world by the end of next year.
The White House said in April when it confirmed the trip to Europe that Mr Biden will ‘highlight his commitment to restoring our alliances, revitalizing the Transatlantic relationship, and working in close cooperation with our allies and multilateral partners to address global challenges and better secure America’s interests’.
There were positive signs in March this year of the ‘special relationship’ warming up after Mr Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry visited London for talks with Mr Johnson. The positive trend continued in May when US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington has ‘no closer partner’ than the UK.
Mr Blinken said during an official visit to the UK that the ‘special relationship’ is ‘enduring’, ‘effective’ and ‘dynamic’ as well as being ‘close to the hearts of the American people’.
Speaking at a press conference in Downing Street alongside Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Mr Blinken said of the relationship: ‘It is also the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s famous speech at Westminster College in Missouri where he described the Special Relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States and how vital it is for our two countries and many others around the world.
‘Three quarters of a century later, that Special Relationship is enduring, it is effective, it is dynamic and it is close to the hearts of the American people.’
He added: ‘The United States has no closer ally, no closer partner, than the United Kingdom and I am very glad for the chance to say that again here today.’
Police officers and security stand by erimieter barriers erected in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, ahead of the G7 summit
Police officers patrol on motorcycles in Carbis Bay, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall
More than 50 of the RVs (pictured) – have been delivered to RAF air base St Magwan which is 20 miles from Carbis Bay where word leaders will meet for the G7 summit at the weekend.
The President is scheduled to meet Boris Johnson for face-to-face talks tomorrow – – the first time the two men will have met – before the summit formally gets underway on Friday. The PM is pictured in Downing Street’s garden at a reception for teachers today
Large scale protests took place in London and elsewhere when Mr Trump visited the UK. The ex-president is pictured alongside Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in July 2018
What will happen at this year’s G7 summit?
The leaders of the world’s seven most advanced economies will arrive in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, on Friday for the start of the G7 summit.
The G7 consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States.
Formal meetings between the seven leaders will then get underway on Saturday as leaders from guest nations, like Australia, also arrive.
The global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to prevent a future world health crisis are expected to dominate discussions.
But climate change and trade matters are also expected to be discussed at length.
Most of the G7’s formal business will be conducted behind closed doors but leaders frequently meet each other in the margins for bilateral talks which often begin on camera.
The summit will draw to a close on Sunday afternoon after a morning of further talks with leaders often conducting individual press conferences before departing.
The UK, as the host nation, will issue a communique following the end of the event to set out what has been agreed.