President Biden, on his first presidential trip abroad, arrived in Europe on Wednesday with a strong agenda: to reassure allies that the hostility of the Trump years was a momentary aberration in American policy, to get them to adopt coordinated policies on Russia, China, climate change and the coronavirus, then confront Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
It would be a great set of challenges in the easier times. These are not the times.
Mr Biden is fighting to continue his national agenda, including a trillion-dollar infrastructure spending plan, with ultra-thin Democratic control of Congress and determined Republican opposition. The United States is on the cusp of emerging from the pandemic and recession, but much of the world remains in its grip, and health experts warn that no country is immune to the coronavirus so much. that not all countries are.
Mr Biden first traveled to Cornwall, the southwestern tip of England, where the annual summit of the Group of 7 Great Rich Democracies is held from Friday to Sunday. Since Thursday, he has also held one-on-one meetings with other G7 leaders, and on Sunday he will visit Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. He will then meet with NATO officials and European Union leaders next week before ending his whirlwind tour on Wednesday when he meets Mr Putin in Geneva.
President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron had a bilateral meeting in Carbis Bay in the morning.
The Royal Air Force’s aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, performed over Carbis Bay.
Paddleboarders and surfers took part in a paddle trip to raise awareness about climate action in Falmouth.
Queen Elizabeth and other royals joined G7 leaders for a reception and dinner.
From left to right, President Charles Michel of the European Council, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Biden, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada , Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy and President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission.
Local residents watch President Biden’s motorcade pass Eden Park.
President Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson in Carbis Bay, England.
Dr Biden, center, visited Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, England, with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, right.
Floating balloons caricaturing Mr Biden and Mr Johnson in Falmouth Harbor, England.
President Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson in St. Ives, Cornwall.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken listening to Mr Biden and Pfizer Managing Director Dr Albert Bourla. The president announced that the United States would donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
Mr Biden met Mr Johnson at Carbis Bay in Cornwall ahead of Friday’s Group of 7 summit.
Dr. Biden wore a jacket with the word “Love” on it.
Military police outside the Carbis Bay Hotel, where world leaders meet.
Mr Biden and Mr Johnson reviewed a copy of the Atlantic Charter and historical photos when they met.
Mr Biden and Dr Biden at Cornwall Airport.
Mr Biden delivered remarks to US servicemen and their families stationed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in Britain.
“We need to end Covid-19, not just at home, which we are doing, but everywhere,” Biden told US troops.