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.