World Macron says Biden is 'part of the club' at the G7 in leaders' first formal meeting
Biden to get warm welcome from relieved but wary allies
LONDON (AP) — When U.S. President Joe Biden flies to Europe this week, he will find his hosts welcoming but wary. His predecessor Donald Trump may be gone, but he leaves a long shadow. Biden’s first foreign trip as president starts Wednesday and includes a gathering of the Group of Seven wealthy nations by the seaside in southwest England, a NATO summit, a meeting with European Union chiefs, and then a tete-a-tete in Geneva with his Russian counterpart and adversary, Vladimir Putin.For most of America’s allies, Biden is a relief.
US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron held.
The two leaders discussed a number of issues, ranging from global health security efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic across the globe, inequities stemming from globalization, the global tax rate and the transatlantic alliance, according to the White House.
"President Biden expressed his appreciation for France's leadership on climate issues through the Paris Agreement, and both leaders underscored their dedication to achieve ambitious outcomes at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow in November," a White House statement said.
Slap to Macron puts focus on ultra-right groups
PARIS (AP) — Bubbling beneath France’s political landscape is an assortment of ultra-right groups, a subculture that shot to the nation’s attention when a young man slapped President Emmanuel Macron and blurted out a centuries-old royalist cry. Ignored by most people, ultra-rightist groups are considered increasingly dangerous despite their small following and are on the radar of authorities. Numerous arrests have been made and several groups banned, including one this year. Challenges to the French identity are often at the center of their ideologies.
"President Biden and President Macron discussed our work to strengthen and modernize NATO, and our close cooperation on counter terrorism cooperation, including in the Sahel, and other shared foreign policy priorities such as China and Russia."
The meeting lasted more than an hour, according to a White House official.
Video: Putin sends message ahead of Biden meeting (CNN)
Speaking to cameras during the bilateral meeting on Saturday, Macron thanked Biden for their earlier informal discussion on Friday, when they met in person for the first time. He also heaped praise on the President as being "part of the club" following
Biden to urge G-7 leaders to call out, compete with China
CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — The United States plans to push democratic allies on Saturday to publicly call out China for forced labor practices as the Group of Seven leaders gather at a summit where they will also unveil an infrastructure plan meant to compete with Beijing’s efforts in the developing world. The provocative proposal is part of President Joe Biden’s escalating campaign to get fellow democratic leaders to present a more unified front to compete economically with China in the century ahead, according to two senior administration officials who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the plans for the seasi
"We have to deal with this pandemic, and the Covid-19. We have to face a lot of challenges, a lot of crises, climate change, and for all these issues, what we need is cooperation, and I think it's great to have a US President part of the club and very willing to cooperate," Macron said.
The French President added, "I think that what you demonstrate is that leadership is partnership, and we do appreciate."
Biden said he and Macron are having a "good day so far" and that the two leaders are "on the same page." He added that he feels strongly about the "cohesion of NATO" and expressed that the European Union is "incredibly strong and vibrant."
Asked if allies think America is back, Biden looked at Macron and said, "Ask him," to which Macron replied in the affirmative: "Definitely."
The formal meeting in Cornwall, England, come on the heels of a less formal pull aside conversation at the summit between the two leaders, in which they discussed Covid-19, counterterrorism efforts and the US-France partnership, according to a White House statement.
Part of a one-on-one conversation between the leaders wason camera on Friday, with Macron appearing impassioned and linking arms with Biden.
Earlier in the summit Macron called on G7 leaders to make "concrete commitments" to tackle global challenges, adding that this year's summit "must be one of action." He also said at the time he and Biden are "united" in their efforts to make a difference, adding that it is "time to deliver."
A sense of relief over 'dear Joe' and post-Trump summit era .
BRUSSELS (AP) — Over the four years of Donald Trump's presidency and through the seeming eternity of pandemic misery and isolation, America’s partners in world affairs were waiting to exhale. As they cycled through Group of Seven, NATO and European Union summits over the last week, exhale they did, between bites of haggis mousse, pineapple weed and Dover sole. President Joe Biden — “dear Joe” to the European Commission's chief — engaged fellowAs they cycled through Group of Seven, NATO and European Union summits over the last week, exhale they did, between bites of haggis mousse, pineapple weed and Dover sole.