President Biden arrived in Europe on Wednesday during his first trip abroad with a deterrent agenda on Wednesday: Reassure allies that the hostility of the Trump years is a short-lived deviation in US policy, and move them to coordinated policy on Russia, China, global warming and the coronavirus, and then confront Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
This would be a daunting challenge in the easiest of times. These are not those times.
Mr. Biden is fighting to pursue its local agenda, including a trillion-dollar spending plan for infrastructure, with a razor-sharp democratic control of Congress and a determined Republican opposition. The United States is well on its way to recovering from the pandemic and recession, but much of the world remains trapped, and health experts warn that no country is safe from the virus before every country does.
Mr. Biden first travels to Cornwall, the south-western tip of England, where the annual summit of the group of 7 great, rich democracies is held from Friday to Sunday. From Thursday, he will also hold one-on-one meetings with other G7 leaders, and on Sunday he will visit Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor Castle. He will then meet with NATO officials and leaders of the European Union next week before concluding his whirlwind tour on Wednesday when he meets Mr. Putin meets in Geneva.
Mr. Biden met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Carbis Bay in Cornwall, ahead of the meeting of the group of 7 leading industrialized nations on Friday.
The first lady, Dr Jill Biden, wore a jacket with the word “Love” on it.
Military police outside the Carbis Bay Hotel, where world leaders are gathering.
Mr. Biden and Johnson looked at a copy of the Atlantic Charter and historical photographs during their meeting.
Mr. Biden and dr. Biden, at the airport in Cornwall.
Mr. Biden made remarks to U.S. military personnel and their families stationed in the Royal Air Force Mildenhall in the United Kingdom.
“We need to end Covid-19, not just at home, but everywhere,” he said. Biden told U.S. troops.