Biden leaves for G7 and Putin summit for his first foreign trip

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill left the White House on Wednesday en route to Europe for the G7, a meeting with the Queen and his summit with Vladimir Putin.

They set out on the president’s first foreign trip as his administration faced the fallout from the collapse of its infrastructure talks with Republicans and amid intense criticism of Kamala Harris’ trip to Guatemala and Mexico.

Biden and Jill are expected to land on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk to meet US troops Wednesday evening as they embark on an eight-day journey to Europe.

He will then meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday, where the pair will reaffirm their special relationship, discuss global vaccine strategies and discuss the reopening of travel corridors.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill left the White House on Wednesday en route to Europe for the G7, a meeting with the Queen and his summit with Vladimir Putin

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill left the White House on Wednesday en route to Europe for the G7, a meeting with the Queen and his summit with Vladimir Putin

They set out on the president's first foreign trip as his administration faced the fallout from the collapse of its infrastructure talks with Republicans and amid intense criticism of Kamala Harris' trip to Guatemala and Mexico.

They set out on the president’s first foreign trip as his administration faced the fallout from the collapse of its infrastructure talks with Republicans and amid intense criticism of Kamala Harris’ trip to Guatemala and Mexico.

The president will then prepare to meet with the rest of the G7 leaders on Saturday in St. Ives during the first major face-to-face meeting between world leaders in two years.

He then heads to Brussels to meet NATO leaders and the European Union for his long-awaited summit with Vladimir Putin on June 16.

Biden’s hopes to pass his acclaimed infrastructure bill now rests with a bipartisan group of senators after direct talks with Republicans failed.

Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican representing West Virginia, was in contact with the White House about the bill.

But their talks fell through on Tuesday after they tentatively negotiated $928 billion in infrastructure improvements.

Schedule for President Biden’s Europe Tour

President Joe Biden will take a seven-day trip to Europe next week. This is the itinerary so far:

June 9: Visit to United States Air Force personnel and their families stationed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall

June 10: Meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

June 11-13: Attend the G7 Summit in Cornwall

June 13: He and Dr. Jill Biden Meet the Queen at Windsor Castle

June 14: NATO summit in Brussels

June 15: US-EU summit in Brussels

June 16: Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva

Ahead of his trip, Biden faces mounting criticism for failing to nominate ambassadors for more than 90 ambassadors, including a representative in the UK.

Many in the diplomatic world expected Biden to name his British ambassador – one of the poshest posts in the diplomatic world – at Thursday’s G7 meeting.

The president has appointed a series of career diplomats to lower-level ambassadorial posts, including Bahrain, Somalia and Algeria. But no one has been nominated for the position in London, nor any other top destination like France, Israel, Russia, China or the European Union.

“It’s shameful that after six months in office, we still have more than 90 embassies without ambassadors,” Brett Bruen, a former US diplomat and director of Global Engagement at the Obama White House, told DailyMail.com.

Biden has postponed foreign travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is making up for it with this trip that includes meetings with foreign leaders, Queen Elizabeth II, the King of Belgium and his Russian counterpart.

First lady Jill Biden will accompany him for the British leg of the journey, but will return to the United States next Sunday after the first couple meet the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Biden becomes the 13th U.S. president to meet the Queen since he took the throne in 1953.

There is speculation that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will also meet the American couple one day during their visit to the UK.

During his talk with Johnson, Biden will “confirm the lasting strength of the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement last week.

Biden and Johnson have spoken on the phone several times since Biden was elected president.

Biden and Jill are expected to land on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall on Wednesday evening to meet US troops in Suffolk as they embark on an eight-day journey to Europe

Biden and Jill are expected to land on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall on Wednesday evening to meet US troops in Suffolk as they embark on an eight-day journey to Europe

“There are a number of issues of mutual interest,” Psaki said during her White House press conference on Thursday when asked about the sit-down. “From the future of economic growth in the world to tackling the COVID pandemic to security issues around the world, so they have a range of topics to discuss clearly.”

Johnson will also ask the US president to exempt vaccinated British and US travelers from quarantine restrictions to facilitate travel between the two countries.

The pair will board Marine One bound for Joint Base Andrews, where they will catch the flight to the UK for the first leg of their journey.

The pair will board Marine One bound for Joint Base Andrews, where they will catch the flight to the UK for the first leg of their journey.

The prime minister wants to create a ‘green channel’ for those who have been fully vaccinated, The Times reported, as the summer holidays approach.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan declined to say Monday when travel restrictions may be eased.

“This is a process that is driven by science and public health guidelines and so it is ultimately up to the public health professionals in the US government to make that decision,” he said.

“We have very clearly heard the wish from our friends in Europe and in the UK to be able to reopen the voyages across the Atlantic. And we want to see that happen. But we need to follow the science and we need to follow the guidance of our public health professionals, so we are actively talking to them to set the timetable, and I can’t give him a date today, but I will tell you that we recognize the concern we are fundamentally guided by objective analysis,” he added.

After meeting Johnson, Biden will attend the G7 summit, where he will hold bilateral meetings with fellow G7 leaders. The G7 includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.

After meeting the Queen, Biden travels to Brussels, Belgium, to participate in a NATO meeting and an EU summit.

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