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Off-duty Joe Biden dresses down in trainers as he heads to hotel bar to unwind at G7 summit – but only has a Coke

AN OFF-duty Joe Biden dressed down in trainers as he headed to a hotel bar to unwind ahead of the G7 summit.

The US President and the First Lady Jill Biden sat in the outdoor area of the Tregenna Castle Hotel in St Ives.

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Joe and Jill Biden dressed down as they enjoyed a drink in Cornwall[/caption]

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The Bidens are in Cornwall for the G7 summit[/caption]

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The couple sat in the outdoor area at the Tregenna Castle Hotel in St Ives[/caption]

BBC reporter Jon Sopel said he was surprised to see the Bidens come and sit down next to him

It came after Mr Biden and his British counterpart Boris Johnson met ahead of the G7 summit.

Jill Biden wore jeans and trainers as she ordered a red wine – but husband Joe chose to refrain from sipping on an alcoholic beverage, drinking a Coke instead.

The couple sat down next to BBC reporter Jon Sopel, who said he was surprised to see them.

Tregenna Castle Resort will host the world’s top leaders as they attend the summit, only a short distance away from the Caris Bay Hotel where they will meet.

The $280-a-night castle that has been barricaded by a ring of steel, with the US President staying in his own “West Wing.”

Earlier, Boris had said President Biden was a “breath of fresh air” in an apparent swipe at predecessor Donald Trump – and hailed the pair’s “great” talks.

The PM praised the US President after one-on-one crunch meeting at the G7 in Cornwall.

Speaking afterwards, the PM spoke of the renewal of the Atlantic Charter of 1941 between Churchill and Roosevelt, saying it was a “massive, massive strategic importance” for both firms.

He revealed that “the talks were great” and “went on for a long time” in a show of the pair’s apparently good relationship.

This is the first time they have met since President Biden took office – and the US leader’s first overseas trip too.

And in a slight swipe at former leader President Trump, Boris added: “It’s fantastic, it’s a breath of a fresh air.”

He said the pair discussed several issues they wanted to work together on, from security to climate change, and their chats covered a “huge range of subjects”.

He was asked if the US leader had “made his alarm clear” about the Northern Ireland protocal – but he replied: “No, he didn’t”.

However, he said that the US, UK and EU all wanted to uphold the Good Friday agreement and “keep the balance of peace process going”, adding: “I’m optimistic that we can do that.”

Johnson said: “What I can say is that America, the United States, Washington, the UK plus the European Union, have one thing we absolutely all want to do, and that is to uphold the Belfast Good Friday Agreement and make sure we keep the balance of the peace process going.

“That’s absolutely common ground and I’m optimistic that we can do that.”

He added: “The talks were great, they went on for a long time, we covered a huge range of subjects and it’s wonderful to listen to the Biden administration and to Joe Biden because there’s so much that they want to do together with us, from security, Nato to climate change.

The Prime Minister’s office shared a tweet today saying: “The future of the world’s stability and prosperity lies in cooperation between the UK and the US, the closest of partners and the greatest of allies.”

It came as:

Mr Johnson also said: “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.”

The couples also gave each other gifts, with Boris presenting the US President with a photo of Frederick Douglass.

Douglass was a former slave who campaigned against the practise in the 1800s.

The PM also gave Jill Biden a collection of short stories by Daphne du Maurier.

In return, the Bidens gave Boris an American-made bike and helmet, while Carrie received a tote bag and a scarf.

Foreign policy was touched upon between the leaders – including discussion about Afghanistan, China, Iran and Russia, No10 revealed.

The Bidens also admired the view at Carbis Bay with Mr Biden saying: “It’s gorgeous – I don’t want to go home.”

A Downing Street spokesperson said tonight that the two leaders “looked forward to important discussions at the G7 Summit in the coming days” and “discussed the importance of the relationship between the UK and the US for protecting our people, boosting prosperity in both our countries and promoting our values around the world.”

They added that they would work together even closer on a new US-UK trade deal which “would create jobs and bring new opportunities to both of our countries.”

The Bidens and Johnsons pictured together in Cornwall
The Bidens and Johnsons pictured together in Cornwall
Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie and U.S. President Joe Biden with first lady Jill Biden walk outside Carbis Bay
Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie and Joe Biden with First Lady Jill Biden walk outside Carbis Bay
Joe Biden and Carrie Symonds in Cornwall today
Joe Biden and Carrie Symonds in Cornwall on Thursday

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