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Biden to Make First Overseas Trip as President to the UK

By News Team
Published on April 23, 2021

President Joe  Biden President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY LAWRENCE JACKSON

Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced today that President Biden will travel to the UK in June. It will be his first overseas travel as President. He will attend the G7 Summit, being held in Cornwall from June 11-13.

This comes despite reports that the President could be anti-British, possibly because of his Irish heritage. It is also noteworthy that Biden’s first call to a European leader as president was to the British prime minister, Boris Johnson.

Ms Psaki said: “This trip 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 ... he will reinforce our commitment to multilateralism, work to advance key U.S. policy priorities on public health, economic recovery, and climate change, and demonstrate solidarity and shared values among major democracies. He will also hold bilateral meetings with fellow G7 leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.”

The summit will be held at Carbis Bay, near St Ives, on the north coast of Cornwall. The G7 member states are the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, France, Canada, Italy and Japan. Leaders from the EU, Australia, India, and South Korea will attend the meeting as guests.

Following the summit, President Biden will travel to Brussels, Belgium, for the NATO Summit on June 14, where he is expected to affirm the United States’ commitment to NATO, Transatlantic security, and collective defense.

Ms Psaki explained: “NATO leaders will discuss how to orient the Alliance to future threats and ensure effective burden sharing. The President will also hold bilateral meetings with fellow NATO leaders.” While in Brussels he will also take part in a US-EU Summit, where he will underscore America’s commitment to a strong Transatlantic partnership based on shared interests and values and discuss common approaches to ensure global health security, stimulate global economic recovery, tackle climate change, enhance digital and trade cooperation, strengthen democracy, and address mutual foreign policy concerns.

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