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Biden, Boris Johnson agree to a revitalized Atlantic Charter in first meeting

The Washington Post logo The Washington Post 6/10/2021 Felicia Sonmez, Eugene Scott, Amy B Wang, John Wagner, Adam Taylor

President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday agreed to a revitalized Atlantic Charter in their first face-to-face meeting, a day ahead of the Group of Seven summit. The document, which updates an agreement signed in 1941, seeks to build on common principles to address new challenges, including climate change and cyberattacks.

Biden, visiting England on his first overseas trip as president, later described the U.S. decision to donate 500 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to other nations as “a monumental commitment by the American people.” He said other G-7 nations would also be announcing vaccine commitments.

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5:57 PM: Biden gives Johnson custom bicycle, helmet from Philadelphia business

a person riding on the back of a bicycle: When Boris Johnson was mayor of London, he often rode his bike to work. © Oli Scarff/Getty Images When Boris Johnson was mayor of London, he often rode his bike to work.

To mark their shared interest in cycling, Biden gifted Johnson a custom-made touring bicycle and helmet Thursday from Bilenky Cycle Works, a small family business in Philadelphia, the White House said.

When he was mayor of London, Johnson often rode his bike to work and helped launch a bicycle rental program in the city that some called “Boris Bikes.” Johnson was hospitalized last year in serious condition with covid-19 but recovered and resumed cycling long distances.

Biden also has long loved bicycling and often goes on leisurely bike rides near his home in Delaware, including last week to celebrate his wife’s 70th birthday. He has also worked out on a Peloton bike, though aides are keeping tight-lipped about whether he still uses one in the White House.

In 2010, Bilenky Cycle Works founded the Philadelphia Bike Expo, which has become one of the largest cycling trade shows in the United States.

By: Amy B Wang

5:13 PM: Analysis: NATO prepares for a friendlier president — and shifted under a skeptical one

a close up of a tower: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden take off in Marine One on June 9. © Evan Vucci/AP President Biden and first lady Jill Biden take off in Marine One on June 9.

NATO has faced at least two significant, unexpected strains over the past decade.

The first came when Russia annexed Crimea by force in 2014. The move reinforced the utility of an alliance that could serve as a counterweight to aggression from that country, even if Russia’s gambit ultimately left it in control of that region.

The second came when Donald Trump was elected president.

Trump had two instincts that ran against the history of U.S. involvement in organizations such as NATO. He felt that the U.S. military was being taken advantage of by other countries, like European nations or South Korea, and that the financial obligations that resulted should be offset by drawdowns or increased funding from our allies.

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By: Philip Bump

3:16 PM: Hotel housing journalists, security staff for G-7 summit closed following covid outbreak

A view of the Pedn Olva hotel in St Ives which is housing security staff and media for the Group of Seven summit nearby in Carbis Bay, which has announced it will shut completely following a coronavirus outbreak. © Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images A view of the Pedn Olva hotel in St Ives which is housing security staff and media for the Group of Seven summit nearby in Carbis Bay, which has announced it will shut completely following a coronavirus outbreak.

A hotel where many journalists and security staff were staying during the Group of Seven summit shut down due to a coronavirus outbreak.

The Pedn Olva hotel in St. Ives shut following an outbreak among staff, a spokesperson told the Post. The establishment initially closed only the restaurant and public areas but eventually shut the guest rooms, as well.

“We can confirm that a number of our team at the Pedn Olva, St. Ives, have tested positive for covid-19,” a brewery spokesman said. “We immediately notified Public Health England (PHE) of these cases and have been working closely with them to ensure we follow all appropriate safety guidelines.”

Calls to the hotel resulted in a message that all operators were busy, and it was not possible to leave a message.

Thousand of individuals are expected to travel to the area as global leaders gather for the first in-person world summit since the beginning of the pandemic. Much attention has been on Britain recently given the spread of an infectious variant of the coronavirus and the fact that some restrictions remain in place.

“We fully appreciate the inconvenience given the limited accommodation options available in the area at the moment, but the safety and security of our team and guests is our utmost priority,” the spokesman said. “The hotel will reopen once a full covid-19 deep clean has taken place and we have the available staff to run it.”

By: Eugene Scott

2:17 PM: Biden, Johnson express support for probe into coronavirus origins

a person standing in front of a brick building: Security personnel keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the visit by the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 3. © Thomas Peter/Reuters Security personnel keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the visit by the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 3.

Biden and Johnson released a statement Thursday expressing support for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, including a focus on China’s role and the effect that future outbreaks could have on global health security.

The two countries will “support a timely, transparent and evidence-based independent process for the next phase of the WHO-convened COVID-19 origins study, including in China, and for investigating outbreaks of unknown origin in the future,” the statement said.

Last month, amid growing questions about the virus’s origins and an inconclusive report about whether the virus came from contact with an animal or a lab incident, Biden ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to redouble their efforts to investigate with specific questions for China. He gave the intelligence community 90 days to report back.

The statement on the origins of the latest coronavirus stresses a commitment between the two countries to partner with other nations in implementing resolutions adopted at the World Health Assembly in May.

“We will take account of the recommendations of the International Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response as we work together to learn the lessons from the pandemic and strengthen future preparedness,” the statement said.

Other global health issues that the two plan to prioritize include HIV/AIDS; maternal, neonatal and child health; and strengthening the world’s health systems to make withstanding future shocks more possible.

By: Eugene Scott

2:11 PM: U.S., U.K. will work to ‘rally all countries’ to combat climate change, Biden and Johnson say

Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Jill Biden standing next to a person wearing a suit and tie: President Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wife Carrie Johnson and first lady Jill Biden walk outside Carbis Bay Hotel in Cornwall, Britain, on June 10, 2021. © Toby Melville/AP President Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wife Carrie Johnson and first lady Jill Biden walk outside Carbis Bay Hotel in Cornwall, Britain, on June 10, 2021.

In their joint declaration Thursday, Biden and Johnson emphasized the need for global cooperation on climate change, pledging to “champion the best available science” as they work together on the issue.

The two leaders said they will work to “rally all countries to strengthen their climate ambitions; achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement; keep within reach the goal of limiting global average temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels; and bend the curve of biodiversity loss by 2030.”

“We underscore our commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, and call on all other countries to do likewise,” they said. They also pledged to “support a resilient transition to decarbonised economies with quality job opportunities; and make progress on climate action in a gender responsive manner.”

The United States officially rejoined the Paris climate accord in February, after a four-year-stretch in which President Donald Trump repeatedly disparaged the international agreement and withdrew the country from it.

Biden also in April pledged to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by the end of the decade, as part of an aggressive push to combat climate change at home and persuade other major economies to follow suit.

Dino Grandoni and Brady Dennis contributed to this report.

By: Felicia Sonmez

2:01 PM: Biden says U.S. donated vaccines will start shipping in August

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Biden on Thursday detailed the U.S. commitment to donate 500 million coronavirus vaccine doses to other countries, saying that the first shipments will take place in August “as quickly as they roll off the manufacturing line.”

Biden cast the decision to share the vaccines as “a monumental commitment by the American people.”

“We’re a nation full of people who step up at times of need to help our fellow human beings, both at home and abroad,” he said.

Biden stressed the United States would expect nothing in return from the lower-income nations benefiting from the nation’s largesse.

“Our vaccine donations don’t include pressure for favors or potential concessions,” Biden said, adding that he expects other G-7 nations to donate vaccines as well.

Biden said 200 million of the vaccine doses would be delivered this year, with the remainder shipped in the first half of next year.

He was joined for his remarks by Pfizer chief executive officer Albert Bourla.

By: John Wagner

1:57 PM: Biden, Johnson say U.S., U.K. will establish working group on ‘the return of safe and sustainable international travel’

Biden and Johnson on Thursday announced that the United States and Britain will establish a joint working group to provide recommendations on normalizing international travel in the latest phase of the covid-19 pandemic.

“We look forward to normalising two-way travel between our two countries,” the two leaders said in a joint statement that was released by the White House. “We will establish a joint U.K.-U.S. Experts’ Working Group, which will share expertise and provide recommendations to leaders on the return of safe and sustainable international travel, demonstrating the commitment of both countries to tackle COVID-19 together.”

The White House did not immediately release any further details.

Earlier this week, a White House official said the Biden administration will form “expert” working groups to help determine when to lift rules that ban travelers from coming to the United States from certain countries.

The groups will be led by the White House Covid-19 Response Team and the National Security Council. They will include representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Transportation departments.

The formation of the groups is a signal that despite pressure from the travel industry, the administration is taking a measured approach to lifting international restrictions, some of which have been in place since March 2020.

By: Felicia Sonmez and Lori Aratani

1:49 PM: Johnson calls Biden’s approach ‘a breath of fresh air’

After meeting with Biden, Johnson has told British broadcasters that the new U.S. president’s approach is a “breath of fresh air."

The British prime minister, speaking in front of a windy, mizzle-flecked Cornish beach, said the U.S-.U.K. relationship was of “massive strategic importance for the prosperity, the security of the world, for all the things we believe in together democracy, human rights, the rule of law."

“The talks were great. They went on for a long time,” Johnson continued. The session lasted more than 90 minutes.

“We covered a huge range of subjects, and it’s wonderful to listen to the Biden administration, and to Joe Biden, because there’s so much that they want to do together with us — from security, NATO, to climate change and it’s fantastic," the prime minister said, before adding, "it’s a breath of fresh air.”

Johnson had previously dealt with Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump. Though the British leader appeared to try and maintain a close relationship with the Republican and the two were united in their support for Brexit, there were numerous policy disputes between the United States and Britain during that period.

However, Biden has pressured Johnson on some issues, including the ongoing disputes over the Irish border caused by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

Johnson said that the U.S. president did not push him on the issue during their meeting on Thursday, but said that maintaining peace in Northern Ireland and supporting the Good Friday Agreement was “absolutely common ground” between Washington and London.

By: Adam Taylor

12:38 PM: Why was the venue for the Biden-Johnson meeting changed? That dreaded Cornish ‘mizzle’

a large body of water with a mountain in the background: Mist settles over St. Michael's Mount as people walk on the beach during preparations for the G7 Summit in Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, Thursday, June 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © Alastair Grant/AP Mist settles over St. Michael's Mount as people walk on the beach during preparations for the G7 Summit in Mount's Bay, Cornwall, England, Thursday, June 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Johnson had originally hoped to host his first face-to-face meeting with Biden at the picturesque St Michael’s Mount on Thursday, a tidal island off the Cornish coast that contains a historic castle with many echoes of Britain’s long and storied history.

But this being the “English Riviera,” Mother Nature didn’t comply. The U.S.-U.K. bilateral meeting has been moved to Carbis Bay on the mainland, a seaside resort where the later G-7 summit will also be held, with poor weather blamed for the shift.

British outlets are describing persistent “mizzle” as the reason for the venue change. For the uninitiated, the word describes a cross between “mist” and “drizzle” and refers to a type of damp and gray weather that is common in the Cornish summertime.

Local website Cornwall Live offered a first person account of the phenomena. “Anyone caught in mizzle will know that despite its cute name and initial feeling of light rain it will have you saturated within seconds,” chief reporter Lee Trewhela wrote Thursday.

By: Adam Taylor

12:33 PM: G-7 in Cornwall aims to be first carbon-neutral summit. What will it take to offset all the jet fuel?

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is promising to host the first-ever “carbon-neutral” summit for the Group of Seven this week — seeking to slash the emissions of climate-changing gases by sourcing the vegetables locally, deploying generators powered by hydro-treated vegetable oil and offsetting the international jet travel by building a composting facility in Vietnam.

Or at least that’s the idea.

Johnson’s green messaging might have been undercut a bit when he arrived in Cornwall via jet plane — vs. the slow train slog from London.

Pledging to go carbon-neutral is a bold move — and taps into the growing trend of producing “sustainable events” that try to limit carbon dioxide emissions and then compensate for the overages by supporting energy-efficiency projects in the developing world.

Going big on “net zero” also plays into Johnson’s pitch to make this week’s G-7 in Cornwall, England, a steppingstone toward November’s huge COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, which will seek to set tougher goals and firmer commitments to curb planetary warming.

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By: William Booth

12:08 PM: Biden and Johnson unveil updated Atlantic Charter with focus on old principles and new threats

a statue of Joe Biden, Boris Johnson sitting on a bench: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Biden at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, on Thursday. © Toby Melville/Reuters British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Biden at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, on Thursday.

Upon the conclusion of their meeting, Biden and Johnson unveiled a “revitalized” Atlantic Charter, an update to an 80-year-old document that restates both nations’ commitment to the NATO military alliance but also addresses new challenges, including climate change, cyberattacks and election interference.

The original Atlantic Charter was a joint statement by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1941 that set out their goals for cooperation following World War II.

“Our revitalised Atlantic Charter, building on the commitments and aspirations set out eighty years ago, affirms our ongoing commitment to sustaining our enduring values and defending them against new and old challenges,” Biden and Johnson say in the new document. “We commit to working closely with all partners who share our democratic values and to countering the efforts of those who seek to undermine our alliances and institutions.”

The new document details eight areas of agreement, expressed mostly in broad strokes with few specifics, starting with a “resolve to defend the principles, values, and institutions of democracy and open societies, which drive our own national strength and our alliances.”

The two leaders also pledge to “strengthen the institutions, laws, and norms that sustain international cooperation to adapt them to meet the new challenges of the 21st century.”

They affirm their belief in peaceful resolution of disputes and decry election interference. They pledge to harness scientific and technological innovations to create jobs. And they promise to maintain NATO as a nuclear alliance as long as there are nuclear weapons and to promote responsible state behavior in cyberspace.

They pledge to fight corruption and have high labor and environmental standards; tackle the climate crisis; and to work collectively to stave off and address health threats.

By: John Wagner

12:05 PM: What are the key issues at stake at the G-7 summit?

This week, the leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan will convene in England for the annual Group of 7 summit, a gathering of the world’s most powerful economies.

Here are some of the key issues that are likely to be at the forefront of their discussions.

Vaccine sharing and the coronavirus recovery

With G-7 nations on track on finish administering coronavirus vaccines to their adult populations in the coming months, pressure to share doses with developing nations is mounting. More than 100 former world leaders have urged the G-7 to cover two-thirds of the estimated $66 billion that it will cost to vaccinate low-income countries. A celebrity-backed appeal from UNICEF, meanwhile, asks the G-7 nations to donate 20 percent of their vaccine supplies by August.

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By: Antonia Noori Farzan, Miriam Berger and Adam Taylor

11:56 AM: Analysis: Biden, Putin raise the stakes for their first summit

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: President Biden delivers remarks to U.S. Air Force personnel and their families stationed at RAF Mildenhall, ahead of the G-7 Summit, near Mildenhall, England, on Wednesday. © Kevin Lamarque/Reuters President Biden delivers remarks to U.S. Air Force personnel and their families stationed at RAF Mildenhall, ahead of the G-7 Summit, near Mildenhall, England, on Wednesday.

Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday increased the stakes for their summit, with the United States raising expectations of blunt talk on a range of issues and Moscow moving to crush domestic opposition over Western objections.

In his first remarks on foreign soil since taking office, Biden told cheering U.S. Air Force personnel at Royal Air Force Mildenhall that his plan was to “meet with Mr. Putin to let him know what I want him to know.” The crowd laughed and clapped.

“I’m going to communicate that there are consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies in the United States and Europe and elsewhere,” the president promised. “The United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way when the Russian government engages in harmful activities.”

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By: Olivier Knox

11:47 AM: First lady Jill Biden wears ‘LOVE’ jacket while meeting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie standing next to a woman: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden are greeted and walk with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie Johnson, ahead of the G-7 summit on June 10 in Carbis Bay, England. © Patrick Semansky/AP President Biden and first lady Jill Biden are greeted and walk with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie Johnson, ahead of the G-7 summit on June 10 in Carbis Bay, England.

Jill Biden was wearing a jacket with the word “LOVE” emblazoned on the back when she and her husband met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie, on Thursday afternoon.

The first lady’s jacket drew comparisons to one worn by her predecessor, Melania Trump, three years ago.

“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” read Melania Trump’s jacket, which the former first lady wore during a surprise trip to Texas to speak to children and officials at a shelter for migrant youths.

At the time, Trump’s sartorial choice sparked a firestorm of debate over her intended meaning. By the time she was in front of the children, she had taken off the jacket.

Asked Thursday about her “LOVE” jacket, Jill Biden told reporters, “I think that we’re bringing love from America.”

“This is a global conference, and we are trying to bring unity across the globe,” she said. “And I think it’s needed right now — that people feel a sense of unity from all the countries and feel a sense of hope after this year of the pandemic.”

Abha Bhattarai contributed to this report.

By: Felicia Sonmez

11:38 AM: First lady Jill Biden says president is ‘well-prepared’ for NATO meetings, has been studying for weeks

First lady Jill Biden said her husband will be more than ready for his upcoming meeting with world leaders because of his significant preparation for the highly anticipated events.

“He’s so well-prepared,” she told reporters. “He’s been studying for weeks, you know, working up to today. Of course, he knows most of the leaders that will be here. And Joe loves foreign policy. This is his forte.”

President Biden, who served in the Senate for decades, was a longtime member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and served as the panel’s chairman.

Biden campaigned on restoring the United States’ global reputation, which had declined significantly across the world under the leadership of President Donald Trump. Biden will participate in a summit in Brussels with NATO allies during his trip, his first overseas as president. He is expected to communicate his commitment to move the United States in a more globally collaborative direction.

In addition to discussing where the United States stands on trade issues and climate change, Biden is scheduled for an in-person meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.

At this time, the first couple is in Britain, where they plan to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Sunday. Biden will be the 12th U.S. president to meet the queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Joe and I are both looking forward to meeting the queen,” Jill Biden said. “And that’s an exciting part of the visit for us. So, anyway, we’ve looked forward to this for weeks, and now we’re finally here. And it’s been, you know, it’s a beautiful beginning.”

By: Eugene Scott

11:03 AM: Biden arrives for his first meeting with Johnson, views historic Atlantic Charter

Jill Biden, Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Carrie Symonds are posing for a picture: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife, Carrie Johnson, and President Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk outside Carbis Bay Hotel i Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, on June 10. (Toby Melville/Reuters) Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife, Carrie Johnson, and President Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk outside Carbis Bay Hotel i Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, on June 10. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

Biden and first lady Jill Biden were greeted by Johnson and his spouse Carrie on a dock overlooking St. Ives Bay in England, ahead of a bilateral meeting between the two leaders.

“It’s gorgeous,” Biden said upon arrival. “I don’t want to go home.”

Biden and Johnson were then led inside a building where the Atlantic Charter was on display. The historic document, signed in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, set out their goals for cooperation following World War II and eventually led to the creation of the United Nations and NATO.

Johnson and Biden are expected to announce a renewed version of the charter during their visit.

The two leaders exchanged anecdotes related to World War II and other history as they looked at the old document.

A few minutes later, they moved to another part of the room and sat in chairs facing the media for photos and exchanged pleasantries.

“I think it’s your first big overseas trip,” Johnson said.

Biden told Johnson he was “thrilled to meet your wife.”

“I told the prime minister we have something in common: We both married above our station,” Biden said.

“I’m not going to disagree with the president on that or anything else,” Johnson replied.

By: John Wagner

10:54 AM: Irish officials welcome Biden intervention on border dispute with Britain

Irish officials have said they welcomed the Biden administration’s focus on the dispute over the border with Northern Ireland, with prime minister Micheál Martin calling the U.S. president’s interest in the issue a significant development.

“I think he is saying to the United Kingdom, ‘Let’s do the sensible thing here,’ ” Martin told reporters on Thursday, broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann reported.

“Let’s work out a constructive, sustained agreement with the European Union in respect of Brexit, the withdrawal agreement and the protocol,” said the prime minister, called the Taoiseach in Ireland.

The Biden administration has repeatedly highlighted its support for the Good Friday Agreement, which ended long-running violence in Northern Ireland, and warned Britain against any action during its exit from the European Union that might risk the 1998 peace accord.

Speaking to reporters in Dublin on Thursday, Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said he wasn’t surprised that Biden felt strongly about the issue — and not just because of the U.S. president’s Irish heritage.

“I think he has a capacity to see through the spin and the fog and the media articles in the British media about the protocol, and [Biden] simplifies the message: A deal was agreed, for good reason. Now it needs to be implemented," Coveney said, according to the Irish Times.

By: Adam Taylor

10:21 AM: Biden to raise concerns about Northern Ireland in first meeting with Britain’s Boris Johnson

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President Biden is welcomed as he arrives at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in England ahead of the Group of Seven summit early Thursday. © Phil Noble/AP President Biden is welcomed as he arrives at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in England ahead of the Group of Seven summit early Thursday.

ST. IVES, England — Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have different politics, different styles and some deep differences of opinion, including over Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Biden, when running for president, once even disparaged Johnson as a “physical and emotional clone” of President Donald Trump.

But both leaders underscored the history and durability of ties between their two nations ahead of their first in-person meeting on Thursday, which focuses on common goals such as ending the coronavirus pandemic and combating climate change.

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By: Anne Gearan and Ashley Parker

9:44 AM: Biden’s focus on Irish border dominates British headlines

As Biden prepared for his first full day in Britain on Thursday, the headlines of some of the country’s leading newspapers focused on the pressure that the new U.S. administration was expected to bring to one of Brexit’s most vexing problems: the Irish border.

“Biden accuses Johnson of ‘inflaming’ Irish tensions,” the Times of London wrote in a front-page splash.

The article included the news that the Biden administration had issued a “démarche” — a formal diplomatic message — to Johnson’s government, accusing Britain of “imperiling the Northern Ireland peace process over Brexit.”

A White House official, speaking to reporters Wednesday, did not confirm or deny that a démarche had been issued, but said that Biden would tell Johnson in private the same as what he had said in public. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk frankly about strategy.

The ongoing negotiations with the European Union over Britain’s future relationship with the bloc should ensure the “continued vitality” of the Good Friday Agreement, the landmark 1998 deal that helped end long-running conflict in Northern Ireland, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Jake Sullivan, White House national security adviser, told the BBC this week that “our concern runs very deep on the Northern Ireland issue,” but did not link it to a proposed free trade agreement between Britain and the United States.

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union in 2016 set off new debate about the Irish border, with many fearing that the return of a “hard border” between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland could spark new sectarian violence.

Indeed, street violence flared in Northern Ireland during April, with days of rioting blamed, in part, on Brexit.

Biden, who has long emphasized his Irish Catholic heritage and has spoken of the U.S. role in the Good Friday Agreement, has repeatedly pushed Johnson to find a long-term solution to the problem of the Irish border during phone conversations.

But the U.S. leader’s role in the situation was criticized by some British media figures. “Stay out of Ireland,” Piers Morgan wrote in a column of unsolicited advice for Biden this week.

Ashley Parker and Anne Gearan contributed to this report

By: Adam Taylor

9:08 AM: Global approval of the United States has rebounded under Biden, survey finds

Jill Biden, Joe Biden standing next to a person in a suit and tie: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, England, ahead of the G-7 summit in Cornwall early Thursday. © Phil Noble/AP President Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, England, ahead of the G-7 summit in Cornwall early Thursday.

Biden has promised the world that “America is back.”

As he takes his first trip abroad as president, a Pew Research Center global survey released Thursday shows many in advanced economies believe it.

Trust in the U.S. president fell to historic lows in most countries surveyed during Trump’s presidency, according to Pew.

Under Biden, it has soared. In the 12 countries surveyed both this year and the last, a median of 75 percent of respondents expressed confidence in Biden to “do the right thing regarding world affairs,” Pew found, compared with 17 percent for Trump last year. Sixty-two percent of respondents now have a favorable view of the United States vs. 34 percent at the end of Trump’s presidency.

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By: Claire Parker

8:00 AM: Biden, Johnson expected to announce a renewal of the Atlantic Charter

Military personnel march as Air Force One, carrying President Biden and first Lady Jill Biden arrives at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, England, ahead of the G-7 summit in Cornwall on Wednesday. © Phil Noble/AP Military personnel march as Air Force One, carrying President Biden and first Lady Jill Biden arrives at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, England, ahead of the G-7 summit in Cornwall on Wednesday.

At their meeting on Thursday, Biden and Johnson are expected to announce what is being billed as a renewal of the Atlantic Charter, the historic joint statement by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1941 that set out their goals for cooperation following World War II.

The document, among other things, led eventually to the creation of the United Nations and NATO, two institutions that endure to this day.

According to British officials, the new document will outline eight areas where Johnson and Biden will resolve to work together “for the benefit of humanity,” including global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

“While Churchill and Roosevelt faced the question of how to help the world recover following a devastating war, today we have to reckon with a very different but no less intimidating challenge — how to build back better from the coronavirus pandemic,” Johnson said in a statement. “Just as it did in 1941, the future of the world’s stability and prosperity lies in cooperation between the UK and US, the closest of partners and the greatest of allies.”

By: John Wagner

7:50 AM: White House says Biden won’t cancel Putin meeting in response to court action against Navalny organizations

Vladimir Putin wearing a suit and tie: Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the launch of Gazprom's Amur Gas Processing Plant via videolink at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Wednesday. © Sergei Ilyin/AP Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the launch of Gazprom's Amur Gas Processing Plant via videolink at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Wednesday.

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield made clear Thursday that Biden has no plans to heed scattered calls to call off his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week in response to a Moscow court’s declaration that the political the political and anti-corruption networks of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny are “extremist” organizations.

During an appearance on CNN from England, Bedingfield was asked whether Biden is considering canceling the meeting to send a message to Putin that such political suppression is unacceptable.

“He has every intention of having this meeting with President Putin,” Bedingfield said, adding that Biden has known the Russian leader for a long time and has met with him face-to-face previously.

“So this conversation with President Putin is going to be direct; it’s going to be candid,” Bedingfield said. “He’s going to talk about and is going to raise our issues of concern, including human rights violations, including incursions on the Ukrainian border, including these cyberattacks from outfits who are based in Russia. These are all things that are going to be on the table. These are things that he is going to raise directly with President Putin.”

The court declaration Wednesday regarding Navalny’s organizations will essentially crush the most formidable resistance to the Kremlin and force it underground.

The ruling, which came after an all-day closed-door hearing, effectively equates Navalny’s political group and his Anti-Corruption Foundation with the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the eyes of Russian authorities.

Navalny and his allies have long been barred from running for public office. But forcing the movement to disband marks a new, more aggressive chapter in Russia’s political repression.

Isabelle Khurshudyan contributed to this report.

By: John Wagner

7:45 AM: Jill Biden to maintain her own schedule, starting with tea with Boris Johnson’s wife

Jill Biden, Joe Biden wearing costumes: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, England, ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Cornwall early Thursday. © Phil Noble/AP President Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, England, ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Cornwall early Thursday.

First lady Jill Biden, who is accompanying her husband on his first overseas trip as president, will have her own schedule in coming days in addition to joining him at some events, her office announced.

On Thursday, that includes tea with Carrie Johnson, the wife of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in Carbis Bay, a seaside village in Cornwall, England. The White House said the tea will be covered by “official photographers.”

Jill Biden is also scheduled to be present when Boris Johnson and his wife greet Biden in Cornwall ahead of their bilateral meeting.

Other events planned for Jill Biden include a meeting Saturday with Bude Surf Veterans, a local volunteer group that assists British military veterans with physical and mental health injuries through surfing; and a meeting Sunday with participants in a 2018 event that included U.S. and British veterans walking across the United States to share stories of wounded service members.

By: John Wagner

7:00 AM: White House confirms plans for donation of 500 million vaccine donations to low- and middle-income countries

The White House confirmed that Biden will announce plans Thursday for the United States to purchase and donate 500 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine to 92 low- and lower-middle-income countries and the African Union.

The move marks a dramatic increase in the efforts of the United States to help vaccinate more of the global population during the pandemic.

In a fact sheet released earlier Thursday, the White House said the move would be “the largest-ever purchase and donation of vaccines by a single country and a commitment by the American people to help protect people around the world from COVID-19.”

In his remarks from Cornwall, England, Biden will also call on the world’s democracies “to do their parts” in contributing to the global vaccine supply, the White House said.

The first 200 million doses of the U.S. donation will be distributed this year, with the subsequent 300 million shared in the first half of next year, according to officials. The doses will be distributed by Covax, the World Health Organization-backed initiative to share doses around the globe.

By: John Wagner

6:55 AM: All-trash ‘Mount Rushmore’ depicting G-7 leaders erected for summit

a man that is standing in the grass: A visitor prepares to photograph a giant Mount Rushmore-style sculpture of the Group of Seven leaders' heads, made entirely of discarded electronics, on a beach near Carbis Bay, Cornwall, on Wednesday. © Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images A visitor prepares to photograph a giant Mount Rushmore-style sculpture of the Group of Seven leaders' heads, made entirely of discarded electronics, on a beach near Carbis Bay, Cornwall, on Wednesday.

When world leaders gather at the G-7 summit in Cornwall, England, this week, they will be able to gaze out across the water and see their own faces on a massive Mount Rushmore-style sculpture made out of electronics waste.

“Mount Recyclemore” sits on beach dunes opposite the Carbis Bay Hotel, where the summit is taking place. It depicts President Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The unusual piece of folk art is the work of Joe Rush, a sculptor who told the BBC that he had been commissioned by musicMagpie, a British retailer that sells secondhand electronics. Its goal is to call attention to the environmental problems caused by electronic waste.

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By: Antonia Noori Farzan

6:52 AM: Analysis: The gulf between Boris Johnson and Joe Biden

a person wearing a costume: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session in Parliament in London on May 26. © Frank Augstein/AP British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session in Parliament in London on May 26.

Boris Johnson doesn’t like the phrase “special relationship.” In a recent feature in the Atlantic, an aide to the British prime minister told the magazine that Johnson had bristled when Biden used it during a phone call, viewing it as “needy and weak.”

You can hardly blame him. For better or worse, every British leader is judged on his or her ability to form a bond with the U.S. president. And though always the junior partner in the relationship, it is the British leader who faces scrutiny if it goes awry.

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By: Adam Taylor

6:49 AM: Biden’s personal diplomacy to be tested by allies — and one adversary — on his first trip abroad

a crowd of people standing around a plane: President Biden addresses U.S. Air Force personnel and their families stationed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in Suffolk, England, on Wednesday. © Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images President Biden addresses U.S. Air Force personnel and their families stationed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in Suffolk, England, on Wednesday.

NEWQUAY, England — President Biden sold himself as the man with the relationships — not just with Democrats and Republicans at home, but with allies and leaders across the globe who were alarmed and exhausted by four years of Donald Trump.

The domestic relationships are still playing out. But as Biden embarks on his first foreign trip as president this week, it will quickly become evident whether his brand of personal diplomacy and oft-mentioned familiarity with foreign leaders can produce results for the United States.

Biden’s international meetings begin Thursday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who heads one of America’s closest allies, and end six days later with Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of its toughest adversaries.

“Along the way, we’re going to make it clear that the United States is back,” Biden told American forces stationed at RAF Mildenhall, a British air base, shortly after landing in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. “And democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges and the issues that matter most to our future.”

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By: Anne Gearan and Ashley Parker

6:45 AM: Boris Johnson plays host at G-7, trying to patch over global tensions with bonhomie

Boris Johnson wearing a hat: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Scottish Power Carland Cross Windfarm in Newquay, Cornwall, England, on Wednesday. © Jon Super/AP British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Scottish Power Carland Cross Windfarm in Newquay, Cornwall, England, on Wednesday.

LONDON — There is little doubt that Boris Johnson will play a jolly, hearty host for this week’s clubby Group of Seven meeting at a seaside resort in England, spinning his historical yarns, quoting his bits of Latin, ensuring wine glasses are topped up.

Johnson is the ultimate after-dinner speaker. Before he became prime minister, he made a living off his bonhomie in hotel ballrooms — and serving as a guest host for the BBC television quiz show, “Have I Got News For You.”

But will Johnson’s shtick be enough to smooth over tensions that have flared since the leaders of these countries last met in person? And can he at the same time be a convincing champion for his vision for a swashbuckling free-trading “Global Britain”?

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By: William Booth, Adam Taylor and Michael Birnbaum

6:43 AM: Biden says he’s meeting with Putin to ‘let him know what I want him to know’

Joe Biden et al. in front of a crowd posing for the camera: President Biden addresses U.S. Air Force personnel and their families stationed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in Suffolk, England, on Wednesday. © Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images President Biden addresses U.S. Air Force personnel and their families stationed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in Suffolk, England, on Wednesday.

Biden told U.S. troops based in the United Kingdom on Wednesday that at the end of his first overseas trip as president, he would meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to “let him know what I want him to know” — a line that received the loudest cheers from the troops.

“And along the way, we’re going to make it clear that the United States is back and democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges and the issues that matter most to our future,” Biden said, noting he was there to attend the Group of Seven and NATO summits.

Biden said after he meets with America’s closest allies, he will sit down with Putin and tell him the United States wants a stable relationship but will defend itself when provoked.

We’re not seeking conflict with Russia. We want a stable, predictable relationship. Our two nations share incredible responsibilities,” Biden said.But I have been clear the United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities — we’ve already demonstrated that. I’m going to communicate there are consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies, in the United States and Europe and elsewhere.”

The president said delivering that message to Putin and standing up for U.S. values matter more than ever right now.

“I believe we’re at an inflection point in world history,” Biden said, “the moment where it falls to us to prove that democracies will not just endure, but they will excel as we rise to seize the enormous opportunities of a new age.”

By: Colby Itkowitz

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