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President Biden on Friday tried to coax reporters to jump into the ocean at a seaside photo op in England, snidely joking, “everybody in the water” on the opening day of the annual G7 summit, which is expected to focus on plans for a global 15 percent tax as well as responses to COVID-19, global warming and cybercrime.

Biden made the crack as he and first lady Jill Biden stood on a raised platform on a Cornish beach with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson.

The 78-year-old Biden is known for his dry and sometimes confounding attempts at humor that can come off as non-too-subtle digs at the press, such as last month telling a reporter they could ask him about the Israel-Hamas conflict, but only if they stood in front of a pickup truck as he stepped on the gas.

Biden’s British hosts played along, with Carrie Johnson laughing and the prime minister seeming to say he’d already gone for a dip. But Twitter users reacted with confusion.

“You first…” wrote one Twitter user.

President Joe Biden, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (right) and European Council President Charles Michel pose for a fphoto during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, UK.REUTERS

“Seaside comedy isn’t what it used to be,” wrote another.

Reporters sought to wring out some news from Biden afterward, asking what his message is for Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of next week’s meeting in Geneva. “I’ll tell you after I deliver it,” he replied.

Biden also posed for a group photo with a larger group of leaders attending the G7, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The G7 includes the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.EPA

Johnson served as photography director, telling his guests, “Okay, here we are folks — right. Everybody here? Alright, we’ve got it.”

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After the larger group photo op, Macron put his arm across Biden’s back and talked as they walked away. The content of their remarks was inaudible to reporters.

The G7 is a group of economically powerful democracies and includes the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.

Biden has presented his first foreign trip as president as an opportunity to reset relationships with longtime US allies after former President Donald Trump roiled some relationships with his “America first” policy that sought to rework trade deals to benefit the US and increase allies’ contribution to their own military defense.

President Biden, seen here with French President Emmanuel Macron, is trying to smooth some of the foreign relationships roiled by former President Donald Trump.AP

Biden sought to charm Johnson during a Thursday meeting, flattering his new 33-year-old wife and presenting him with a new bicycle as they inked a reworked version of the 1941 Atlantic Charter, with the new document committing the two countries to prioritize the fight against global warming in policy-making.

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Reporter Who Broke Story Of 2016 Bill Clinton-Loretta Lynch Secret Tarmac Meeting Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Birmingham TV anchor and veteran newsman Christopher Sign was found dead Saturday morning of an apparent suicide, police said.

After receiving a call at 8:13 a.m., Hoover, Alabama police and fire personnel arrived to find the 45-year-old Sign dead, which Hoover police Lt. Keith Czeskleba said is being investigated as a suicide, reported.

Sign was a longtime reporter for several local ABC affiliates and had been the evening anchor on ABC 33/40 since 2017.

“Our deepest sympathy is shared with Chris’s loving family and close friends,” Sinclair Broadcast Group Vice President and General Manager Eric S. Land said. “We have lost a revered colleague whose indelible imprint will serve forever as a hallmark of decency, honesty and journalist integrity. We can only hope to carry on Chris’s legacy. May his memory be a blessing.”

In June 2016, while he was working as a reporter and morning anchor at ABC affiliate KNXV-TV in Phoenix, Sign broke the story of a secret tarmac meeting that occurred between former President Bill Clinton and then Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The meeting came days before then FBI Director James Comey announced the bureau would not recommend charges against then Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state, although he called her handling of classified information “extremely careless.”

Both Lynch and former President Clinton claimed that the email investigation did not come up during their meeting. Lynch also said at the time that she would not recuse herself from the investigation but would accept the recommendation from the prosecutors. (RELATED: Trump Labels Death Of Former White House Aide Vince Foster ‘Very Fishy’)

Sign told Fox News in February 2020 that his family received numerous death threats after he broke the story, which was widely cited during the 2016 election cycle.

“My family received significant death threats shortly after breaking this story. Credit cards hacked. You know, my children, we have code words. We have secret code words that they know what to do.”


Sign also wrote a book about the story called “Secret On The Tarmac.”

In addition to the tarmac story, Sign also won a 2014 Emmy Award for breaking news for his coverage of the shooting of two Phoenix police officers and an Edward R. Murrow Award for spot news for his coverage of the search for the “Baseline Killer” and “Serial Shooter” who terrorized Phoenix in the summer of 2016.

Sign attended the University of Alabama in the 1990s where he spent four years as an offensive lineman for the Crimson Tide.

He is survived by his wife Laura and their three sons.

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