President Biden made his first phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday, where Johnson pressed the new president for a trade deal between the United States and Britain.
Johnson also welcomed some of Biden’s new executive actions.
“The Prime Minister warmly welcomes the President’s decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as well as the World Health Organization and the COVAX program to ensure equal access to vaccines,” a Downing Street spokesman said in a statement, adding that Johnson praised the early Biden’s actions to tackle climate change.
“They also discussed the benefits of a potential free trade deal between our two countries, and the prime minister reiterated his intention to resolve existing trade issues as soon as possible,”
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Britain has only recently regained control of its national trade policy since the end of the post-Brexit transition.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said a new trade deal was low on Biden’s list of priorities as he focused on tackling the coronavirus pandemic and passing his Covid 1 aid bill. $ 9 trillion.
The White House said in a statement that the two leaders discussed climate change, limiting Covid-19 and shared foreign policy priorities in China, Iran and Russia.
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The call was Biden’s third call with a foreign leader this week. On Friday night, he spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.