Body language experts argue that Boris Johnson looked less confident and tried to “seem strong” in his first face-to-face meeting with US President Joe Biden today.
The pair were elbowed and strolled the promenade in Cornwall earlier, and as the leaders sat down for talks, Biden told reporters he joked to Johnson that they were both “marrying way above our stations.”
As well as taking the lead in making jokes, Biden also seemed the much more confident of the two prime ministers, with his commanding demeanor and a series of authoritative gestures.
This included a “power pat” at one point, where the president placed the flat of his hand on the prime minister’s back.
Darren Stanton, TV’s human lie detector and leading body language expert told MailOnline: ‘The importance of placing a hand on someone else’s back and guiding them is a purely submissive gesture and is meant to get the message across: ‘I am more powerful’ then you’.
“President Biden seems very comfortable in his own skin and typically presidential in his demeanor and the way he moves. He is quite a tall thin man and takes big steps.
‘It was interesting to see Boris, who is smaller and takes less’ [large] steps to keep up with him.’
President Biden Shows Off His ‘Power Pat’ After Putting Flat Hand On Prime Minister’s Back
Biden not only took the lead in making jokes, but also seemed the much more confident of the two prime ministers, with his commanding demeanor and a series of authoritative gestures
The cheerful apparitions came despite a arguing about Brexit today, if the White House tried to put out the flames of a major transatlantic failure.
Brexiteer Tories had called the 78-year-old Democrat ‘senile’ after failing to side with the UK in its ‘sausage war’ bust-up with the EU, and the US president used his diplomats to tell his express concern’ about the conflict.
Earlier in the day, the two leaders, along with their wives, Jill and Carrie, strolled along Carbis Bay.
Stanton said their respective behavior in this environment told a story about who really had the power in the much-vaunted “Special Relationship.”
“The first images of the four walking towards the ocean view are probably the most telling of all the interactions we’ve been able to see so far,” he said.
While walking towards the sea, Boris continues to make this rather strange hand gesture as if he is leading President Biden.
“However, it is clear that he is not aware of” [what the plan is] by asking for an assistant shortly afterwards.
“When we’re in a position of authority and confident, there’s a classic gesture of placing our hands behind our backs.
“We often see police officers doing it, military CEOs of companies and other authoritative figures.
“This is an unconscious gesture of exposing the stomach and trunk. We feel confident enough to psychologically expose some of our most vulnerable organs.”
The expert pointed out that perhaps Mr Johnson putting his hands in his pockets was another suggestion of submission.
“When the two men look at an exhibition, Boris takes on a similar set of poses again, not knowing what to do with his hands,” he said.
“The whole thing looks like he’s fidgeting.
“Overall, I think Biden found the experience within his grasp and consistent with being presidential and confident, while Boris was less so.”
Newlywed Carrie Johnson cut an elegant figure in a scarlet £325 LK Bennett gown as she made her world stage debut today alongside husband Boris
US President Joe Biden puts his hand on Carrie Johnson’s back in Carbis Bay ahead of tomorrow’s pivotal G7 summit
He added: ‘There is a fantastic photo of Biden and Boris standing in front of the American flag, where Boris has his head bowed, his hands behind his back and Biden has his hand on his shoulder.
“This is a fantastic shot and it means Biden believes he is the mighty man. The main bow is an important gesture of submission.
“When people bow their heads, it’s to say ‘I submit to you,’ as in church, in court, and when we are confronted with others, we feel that we are more powerful.”
However, he said there was a clear rapport between the two, and when he sat down, Mr Johnson managed to portray a powerful position by placing his hands on his knees with his legs apart, similar to poses seen by Donald Trump and Vladimir. Putin.
Looking at the women’s body language, Stanton added, “When Carrie shrugs in the red dress and President Biden puts his hand behind his back, it’s the classic gesture of power.
“Although we know from other walkabouts that President Biden is a very tactile man, this is a kind of gesture in one direction, but it can also be considered a gesture of power.
“During the elbowing between the two women, Ms Biden seems to take it all on her own as she is very used to this kind of media attention.
“Carrie seems to be a giggly schoolgirl as this is clearly one of the first official assignments she was involved in.
This year’s summit comes as the US has reportedly issued a “demarche” to Britain, an official diplomatic censure not normally used against allies, especially those as close as the two nations.
Crunch talks between Britain and Brussels over sausage imports failed to deliver a breakthrough and European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic threatened retaliation if Britain takes unilateral action to limit the flow of British-produced refrigerated meat to Northern Ireland to continue.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday the protocol is the “only solution” to avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland and she still sees “fundamental gaps” in its UK implementation. .
The United States would have invaded and ‘urgently urged’ Britain to stay ‘cool’ and reach an agreement, even if it meant making ‘unpopular compromises’.
The report sparked a massive outcry from Tory backbenchers and DUP leader Edwin Poots after the prime minister was accused of ‘fueling tensions’ in Northern Ireland and threatening the peace process.
But a senior Biden government official said, “This is wrong. At first, this discussion was not led by the president. It was not raised. As with any ally, we have diplomatic talks on areas of concern on many levels.
“Jake (Sullivan – US National Security Adviser) spoke about Northern Ireland in his BBC interview and the private message was exactly the same.”
The official later added that the president would not become “controversial or hostile” when speaking to the prime minister about Northern Ireland.
“He didn’t come here to give a lecture,” they said.
“He believes that the Good Friday Agreement is the basis for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland… the current talks between the UK and the EU should continue the vitality of the Good Friday Agreement.”