Jun 11, 2021
Boris Johnson hails ‘great talks’ with Joe Biden after pair finally meet at G7 summit
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BORIS Johnson hailed US President Joe Biden as a “breath of fresh air” for the world after the Trump era as the new besties finally met in Cornwall yesterday.
The Prime Minister and his new wife Carrie kicked off Britain’s hosting of the G7 with a beachside love-in with the Americans.9Boris Johnson and Joe Biden met for the first time at the G7 summit yesterdayCredit: AFP
Mr Biden even joked that Boris was punching above his weight following his marriage to Carrie last month.
He said: “We have something in common — we both married way above our station.”
Boris replied: “I’m not going to disagree with the President there . . . or indeed on anything else.”
Mr Johnson held an 80-minute face-to-face chat with his American counterpart in Carbis Bay, Cornwall — covering Covid, climate and the Chinese and Russian menace.SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP
Meanwhile Carrie and First Lady Jill Biden bonded over tea.
Carrie and Boris’s baby Wilf even got his first foray into international diplomacy — stealing the show with his mop of blond hair just like dad.
Mr Biden later said of the leaders’ chat: “We affirmed the special relationship — that is not said lightly — the special relationship between our people and renewed our commitment to defending the enduring democratic values that both our nations share.”
Boris said “the talks were great” and “went on for a long time” as Britain stole the march on the rest of the world to be the first to meet Mr Biden in person since he took office in January.9The PM is the first to meet Mr Biden in person since he took office in JanuaryCredit: Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing St 9The two world leaders enjoyed an 80-minute chat in Carbis Bay, CornwallCredit: AP 9They then kicked off the three-day event with their wivesCredit: AFP
In a dig at Mr Biden’s chaotic predecessor Donald Trump, Mr Johnson said: “It’s fantastic, it’s a breath of fresh air.”
And despite discussing a “huge range of subjects”, No 10 said there was not the feared row over Northern Ireland many were expecting.
We affirmed the special relationship — that is not said lightly — between our people.Joe Biden
The Johnsons and the Bidens cemented their new friendship with an exchange of gifts.
The Bidens gave cycle-mad Boris an American bike and helmet. Carrie was given a leather tote bag made by the wives of US troops, and a presidential silk scarf.
The PM gave Mr Biden a framed photo of a mural of Frederick Douglass — a former slave and US abolitionist leader who travelled to Britain and Ireland in the 1840s.
The First Lady was given a first edition of Daphne du Maurier’s The Apple Tree — a collection of short stories.
In the room, the pair discussed getting UK and US flights back in the skies and how to “build back better” together from the pandemic.
Together they vowed to donate 600 million Covid vaccine doses to the world.9Mr Johnson and Mr Biden 'affirmed the special relationship' between the UK and USCredit: AP 9BoJo hailed the President as a 'breath of fresh air' after TrumpCredit: Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing St
Britain will hand over at least 100 million life-saving doses within the next year. The first five million jabs will be sent in the coming weeks. America said it will give away 500 million doses.
Over the coming days, G7 leaders are expected to donate a billion doses of the vaccine to less developed countries.'COMMON GROUND'
Mr Biden said Mr Johnson had led a “strong campaign to get people vaccinated across the UK”.
Meanwhile, despite fears of a row over Brexit, Mr Johnson last night insisted there was “absolutely common ground” over Northern Ireland.
The US President’s concerns over the way the UK Government is treating the terms of the deal with the EU threatened to overshadow the first meeting between the leaders.
But following the talks, Mr Johnson said he was “optimistic” the peace process would be kept going.
However, Mr Johnson did let rip over the case of Northampton teenager Harry Dunn.
He reiterated Britain’s desire to see justice after Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US spy, fled under diplomatic immunity after the fatal 2019 crash.9Meanwhile Carrie and First Lady Jill Biden bonded over teaCredit: Simon Dawson / No10 Downing Stre 9Baby Wilfred also had his first foray into international diplomacyCredit: Simon Dawson / No10 Downing Street 9He and mum Carrie spent the afternoon on the beach with the First LadyCredit: Simon Dawson / No10 Downing Street Most read in NewsExclusiveSINGER NICKEDChart-topping pop star in 30s arrested on suspicion of assaulting girlfriend'DISGRACEFUL'Woman, 55, slammed after running topless during Prince Philip's funeralREGULAR JOEOff-duty Biden dresses down in running shoes at G7 bar - but only has a CokeFINAL SELFIETragic last pics of sisters dancing before '"satanic sacrifice" knife murder'UH-BODid Boris Johnson almost hold hands with Joe Biden's wife at G7 love-in?CARRIE COTCarrie Symonds plays with son Wilfred as she joins Jill Biden on beach walk
Today Mr Johnson will sit down with Canada, Japan and Italy as the full summit gets under way.
In the evening he will deploy the Queen and Prince Charles, the Red Arrows and two of the nation’s finest chefs to woo world leaders in a lavish dinner at the Eden Project.
And the leaders and their wives will toast marshmallows on a fire pit while encouraged into a sea shanty singalong with Cornish band Du Hag Owr.Boris Johnson says President Biden 'breath of fresh air' in swipe at Trump and chats 'very good'
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Kamala Harris to finally visit border amid ongoing migrant crisis: report
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Vice President Kamala Harris will visit the border this week amid the historic surge of illegal immigration under her watch as border czar, according to a report.
Citing sources familiar with the trip, Politico reported Wednesday that Harris will travel to El Paso, Texas, on Friday alongside Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Reps for Harris did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on the trip, nor did DHS.
Harris, who visited Guatemala and Mexico earlier this month as part of her first foreign visit in office, was dogged for her entire trip by questions about going to surveil the situation at the US-Mexico border in person.
Her answer to NBC News’ Lester Holt on the matter gained considerable negative attention.
“At some point, you know, we are going to the border,” a defensive Harris told Holt on “Today” in Guatemala — 1,308 miles away from the US-Mexico crossing.Migrants from Central America, who were previously expelled from the U.S. and sent back to Mexico under Title 42, walk across the Paso del Norte international border bridge to continue their asylum request in the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico June 15, 2021. Jose Luis Gonzalez/REUTERS
“We’ve been to the border. So this whole thing about the border, we’ve been to the border,” Harris said, to which Holt replied, “You haven’t been to the border.”
Harris, seeming to laugh at her own joke, responded: “And I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
The Biden administration’s undoing of former President Donald Trump’s border policies has prompted a flood of Central American and Mexican illegal migrants at the US border, including thousands of unescorted children.Young unaccompanied migrants being held in a faculty in Texas.Dario Lopez-Mills/Pool/AP
Central Americans looking for refuge from the Northern Triangle countries — Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — have taken these policy moves, as well as the overwhelmingly more welcoming tone from Democrats, as a sign that Biden is inviting them to cross the border.
Insisting that the border was not facing a crisis, Mayorkas said in early March that the problems the agency faced should be blamed on the previous administration.
The data, however, overwhelmingly shows that migrants are flooding the border because they believe Biden will welcome them with open arms, with over 170,000 illegal crossings a month.
As the crisis heated up, Biden tapped his vice president to address the diplomatic measures related to its “root causes.” However, despite intense pressure, she has yet to visit and surveil the situation for herself.Filed under kamala harris , migrants , us border , 6/23/21