President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden greeted G7 leaders on the beach in Cornwall Friday for the official start of the summit to rebuild relationships that were ‘frayed’ during four years of President Donald Trump.
Biden put his arm around French President Emmanuel Macron after cracking jokes with Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
‘Everybody in the water,’ Biden joked to the press as greetings were underway.
Johnson suggested they gather for a group picture.
‘Okay, here we are folks – right. Everybody here? Alright, we’ve got it,’ Johnson said as photogs snapped socially distant pictures.
Jill Biden elbow-bumped Johnson upon arrival. Earlier Friday she toured a school with Kate Middleton.
The first lady changed from a white dress and pink blazer into a red dress for the family photo.
‘I feel like I’m at a wedding,’ she said.
Biden was also asked about his message to Putin, who he’ll meet next week in Geneva, Switzerland after a stopover in Brussels, Belgium for a NATO meeting.
‘I’ll tell you after I deliver it,’ the president told reporters.
During the summit the leaders will pledge 1 billion shots in arms of the COVID vaccine for the world, support a 15 per cent global minimum corporate tax, and target Big Tech with a new tax.
Of those billion shots, half will come from the United States and 100 million from the U.K.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (center) holds up his hands as the G7 leaders pose Friday for the family photo. He’s joined by (from left) Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, President Joe Biden, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Italy’s Prime minister Mario Draghi, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (center left), his spouse Carrie Johnson (left) and President Joe Biden (center right) and first lady Jill Biden (right) arrive Friday at the G7 to take the so-called family photo
British Prime Minister (center right) Boris Johnson gives a fist bump to first lady Jill Biden (center left) as their spouses look on during opening greetings during Friday’s G7 summit in Cornwall
President Joe Biden (left) walks hand-in-hand with first lady Jill Biden (right) as they arrive for the official start of the G7 summit
President Joe Biden (left) put his hand on the back of French President Emmanuel Macron (right) as world leaders greeted each other at the start of the G7 Friday in Cornwall
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (second from right) led the pack of world leaders to the beachy scene where they would take this year’s G7 family photo
President Joe Biden checks his watch as he arrives Friday for the start of the G7
‘We’re going to help lead the world out of this pandemic working alongside our global partners,’ Biden said on Thursday, adding that the G7 nations would join the U.S. in outlining their vaccine donation commitments at the three-day summit. The G-7 also includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
The leaders gathered for opening greetings and a socially-distanced family photo, before pivoting to a session ‘Building Back Better From COVID-19.’
Both Biden and Johnson use the term.
In his opening remarks Johnson said the world needed to ‘build back better’ after the COVID-19 pandemic, which means ‘building back greener and building back fairer, and building back more equal and, how shall I, in a more gender neutral and perhaps a more feminine way.’
Johnson warned the leaders that the world shouldn’t repeat the errors in handling the coronavirus pandemic and also the sluggish economic recovery after the 2008 crash.
‘The recovery was not uniform’ across parts of society, Johnson said.
Reporters only got a brief peek into the leaders’ first session before they were ushered out, which is custom.
‘This is meant to be a fireside chat between the great democracies of the world,’ Johnson said. ‘It’s turned into a gigantic media circus in which we have to greet each other several times.’
The White House pooler said he didn’t expect to see Biden anymore for the rest of the day.
Beyond vaccines, the world leaders of the seven industrial nations will also second an agreement made earlier by their finance ministers on the global minimum corporate tax.
The update to international tax law is intended to end a global competition that has led some countries to cut their corporate taxes much lower than others in order to attract multinational companies to their shores.
It’s a big win for Biden’s administration, which has proposed the global minimum tax as a way to pay for infrastructure projects. Biden wants to hike corporate taxes in the US and a global minimum will help combat fears his move could cause jobs to move overseas.
The leaders will also announce a plan to replace Digital Services Taxes, which targeted the biggest American tech companies – such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google – with a new tax plan linked to the places where multinationals are actually doing business, rather than where they are headquartered.
From left: President of the European Council Charles Michel, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Joe Biden, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italy’s Prime minister Mario Draghi and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen attend a working sesssion at the G7 summit
President Joe Biden (right) sits alongside British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) at the opening session Friday of the G7
An inflatable Joe Biden (left) and Boris Johnson (right) were on display Friday morning in Falmouth, England
Kate Middleton (left) and first lady Jill Biden (right) speak to the press during a visit Friday to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, West Cornwall
First lady Jill Biden (left) and the Duchess of Cambridge (right) look at a picture of the cover of ‘Greta and the Giants’
Later the leaders will meet Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family at the Eden Project, a lush, domed eco-tourism site built in a former quarry pit.
Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge will join the G7 leaders at the reception.
On Thursday, world leaders from G7 countries arrived in Britain.
European Council President Charles Michel also arrived ahead of the G7 meeting at the airport on June 10, and was met by a selection of British soldiers, sailors and airmen.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko Suga arrived in Newquay in the early hours of this morning.
A typical flight from his country to Britain takes roughly 12 hours.
Johnson will host leaders from the USA, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and Canada at the G7 Summit to be held in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, beginning today.
Britain has invited Australia, India, South Africa, and South Korea to attend the Leaders’ Summit as guest countries – as well as the EU, amid trade tensions with the bloc.
President Joe Biden and leaders of the G7 will pledge 1 billion shots in arms of the COVID vaccine for the world, support a 15 per cent global minimum corporate tax, and target Big Tech with a new tax as the summit begins
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives ahead of the G7 Summit at Cornwall airport in Newquay, Britain, 10 June
European Council President Charles Michel (C) arrives ahead of the G7 meeting at Cornwall airport on June 10, 2021 in Newquay
President of the European Council, Charles Michel (centre) is welcomed as he arrives at Cornwall Airport Newquay ahead of the G7 summit, June 10
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko Suga arrive at Newquay Airport on June 11, 2021 in Newquay
Joe Biden, pictured with Boris Johnson yesterday, has stressed the need for the world’s democracies to stand together as he arrived in the UK on his first overseas trip as US president