JOE Biden told Boris Johnson “we both married above our station” this afternoon as the pair and their wives met for the first time at the G7.
The PM and the US President sat down for face-to-face bilateral talks in Cornwall – while Carrie Symonds hosted First Lady Jill for tea.
Boris Johnson and Carrie stride along Carbis Bay with Joe and Jill Biden[/caption]
The PM and US President sit down for bilateral talks in Carbis Bay[/caption]
Although tensions over Northern Ireland have risen in the run-up to the meeting, the pair were all smiles and kicked off with light-hearted banter.
Speaking to reporters at the Carbis Bay hotel, President Biden joked: “I told the PM we have something in common, we both married way above our station.”
Mr Johnson – who last month wed his fiancee Carrie – replied: “I’m not going to disagree with the president there… Or indeed on anything else.”
The pair greeted with a Covid-friendly elbow bump this afternoon before strolling along the beach at Carbis Bay with their wives.
They were due to meet at historic St Michael’s Mount but had to alter their plans at the last minute due to bad weather.
Instead they stared out over the sea, with the President telling his British counterpart: “It’s gorgeous, I don’t want to go home.”
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The G7 summit starts tomorrow but the Mr Johnson and President Biden met a day early to cement the two nations’ alliance.
Ahead of the get-together President Biden vowed to “affirm the special relationship” between the UK and the US.
He said: “Today, I’ll be meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of the G7 Summit in Cornwall.
“I look forward to affirming the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom and discussing how we’ll tackle our shared challenges together in the years ahead.”
The two leaders look at pictures of the original Atlantic Charter as they look to resume transatlantic travel after Covid[/caption]
The two leaders wear masks as they head inside the Carbis Bay hotel for talks[/caption]
Boris leads the group as they walk along Carbis Bay for bilateral talks[/caption]
The meet had to be moved from St Michael’s Mount due to bad weather[/caption]
A ring of steel has been put around Carbis Bay for the summit[/caption]
But privately the US President has sensationally accused the PM of “inflaming” tensions in Ireland ahead of their first meeting.
He is expected to address post-Brexit peace with the Prime Minister to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement is protected – as Britain and the EU try to resolve the issue of checks in the Irish Sea.
But tensions over Britain’s handling of Irish issues have already been voiced by Biden, reports The Times.
Yael Lempert, America’s most senior diplomat in Britain, told Lord Frost, the Brexit minister, that the government was “inflaming” tensions in Ireland and Europe with its opposition to checks at ports.
Lempert said she had been told to take the step of issuing London with a demarche – which is a formal diplomatic reprimand rarely exchanged between allies.
The memo said that the US “strongly urged” Britain to come to a “negotiated settlement”, even if that meant “unpopular compromises,” according to reports.
Navy patrol boats are stationed off the coast[/caption]
The quiet Cornish resort is hosting this year’s G7[/caption]
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The summit would focus on “building back greener, building back better” after the pandemic, he said.
After the summit ends, the president and first lady will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle.
Mr Biden will then depart for Brussels and later Geneva in Switzerland.
Despite the late-night arrival, the pair looked dashing as they stepped off the plane for the second time on Wednesday[/caption]
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk upon arrival at Cornwall Airport[/caption]
The runway lit up for the President’s arrival in southern England[/caption]
Biden has landed in Cornwall ahead of the talks[/caption]