The two leaders exchanged pleasures, but otherwise did not talk significantly to reporters before the talks.
Biden has said he has been to the UK many times, but this is his first stop as president. Biden, noting that it was a pleasure to meet Johnson’s wife, said that he and Johnson had “concluded”.
Earlier, Biden greeted Johnson across the ocean to begin their first face-to-face meeting. The men’s two wives, Jill Biden and Carrie Johnson, also joined the greeting on the deck overlooking St. Ives Bay in Cornwall.
“It’s wonderful. I don’t want to go home,” Biden said, according to pool reporters.
The four climbed stairs to enter, where the old Atlantic Charter was on display for drivers.
Leaders plan to sign an updated version of the document that better reflects the world of the 21st century. The new Atlantic Charter will be modeled on the historic declaration made by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1941, which set American and British goals for the post-World War II world, according to the National Security Adviser. Jake Sullivan.
Biden and Johnson wore masks as they examined the charter. Outside, the drivers and their wives were without masks.
The new charter will outline priorities, values and challenges, which include protecting democracy, reaffirming the importance of collective security, building a fairer and more sustainable global trading system, combating cyber attacks, tackling the climate crisis, protecting biodiversity and ending the coronavirus pandemic, according to a source familiar with the matter.
A little more background: The personal dynamics between the leaders of the United States and Britain often play a key role in the “special relationship” between the two transatlantic powers. Roosevelt and Churchill were extremely close, as were Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President Bill Clinton, and then, to the surprise of many, Blair and US President George W. Bush during the Iraq war.
Johnson was a favorite of former US President Donald Trump, who praised him for his support for Brexit, Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. During the 2020 campaign, Biden identified Johnson as a “physical and emotional clone” of Trump.
Biden still has deep reservations about Britain’s exit from the European Union – a move that Johnson advocates and advocates as prime minister. Biden is expected to put pressure on Johnson on the issue during their talks, and in particular on how he could influence the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.
Listen to what the two leaders said during their meeting: