United States President; Joe Biden has arrived on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. This is his first overseas trip since he became US commander-in-chief.
Biden travels on an eight-day mission to rebuild trans-Atlantic ties strained during the time Donald Trump was president and to reframe the countries relationships. Biden is set to meet European partners including the President of Russia; Vladimir Putin.
The president is accompanied by his wife, the United States First Lady; Jill Biden for a summit of the Group of Seven leaders in the UK and then Brussels for a NATO summit and a meeting with the heads of the European Union. It comes at a moment when Europeans have diminished expectations for what they can expect of US leadership on the foreign stage.
“In this moment of global uncertainty, as the world still grapples with a once-in-a-century pandemic,” Biden wrote in a Washington Post op-ed previewing his diplomatic efforts, “this trip is about realizing America’s renewed commitment to our allies and partners, and demonstrating the capacity of democracies to both meet the challenges and deter the threats of this new age.”
The trip will be far more about messaging than specific actions or deals. And the paramount priority for Biden is to convince the world that his administration is not just a fleeting deviation in the trajectory of an American foreign policy that many allies fear irrevocably drifted toward a more transactional outlook under former President Donald Trump.
Mr. Biden will meet with prime minister Boris Johnson tomorrow and later take part in the G7 summit in Cornwall on Friday. He will later meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle to finish off their trip to the UK then proceed to Europe to meet with other leaders.
Biden is also scheduled to meet with Turkish President; Recep Tayyip Erdogan while in Brussels, a face-to-face meeting between two leaders who have had many fraught moments in their relationship over the years.