World Leaders Praise Biden At G7

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On the eve of the G7 summit in Cornwall, southwest England, President Joe Biden calls a US donation of 500 million Covid vaccine doses to poorer countries a "historic step" in the fight against the global pandemic.
On the eve of the G7 summit in Cornwall, southwest England, President Joe Biden calls a US donation of 500 million Covid vaccine doses to poorer countries a "historic step" in the fight against the global pandemic.

Group of Seven leaders spoke of how “America is back” as they convene in an eight-day swing of Cornwall, England. President Joe Biden’s good-natured persona and eagerness for cooperation were lauded, as the world continues to grapple with the instability of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The United States is back as a cooperative leader of the free world under President Joe Biden," French President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday. 

Biden and Macron sat on an outdoor terrace with an extraordinary view of the sea behind them, with Macron telling Biden, “What you demonstrate is leadership in partnership.”

When an ABC News reporter asked Biden, "Have you convinced allies that America is back?" Biden responded coyly, "Ask him," referring to Macron, who then answered, "Yeah, definitely."

 

 

 

 

The summit has had a more relaxed tone for U.S. allies. Biden entered office after decades in the Senate and eight years as vice-president, a far different resume than businessman Donald Trump, who had never served in the public sector before taking office.

There had been noticeable uneasy feelings between world leaders and Trump, who had publicly threatened to pull the U.S. out of NATO and was caught on camera in May 2017 shoving Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic.

There was also Trump's willingness at the G7 summit to speak favorably about Russia and its antagonistic leader Vladimir Putin. 

"It used to be complete chaos," a source told Reuters. "Before, we were on edge the entire, the whole time just trying to keep the G7 intact ... you don't have to worry about that now."

Like Marcon, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke glowingly of Biden. On Thursday, Johnson described Biden as a “breath of fresh air” after the U.S. president announced a plan to donate 500 million vaccine doses to needy countries and to work with allies on other important global issues like climate change.

“It’s new, it’s interesting and we’re working hard together. We went on for about an hour and 20 or so. It was a long long good session. We covered a huge range of subjects," Johnson said of his conversation with Biden.

Both Johnson and Macron did not reference Trump. 

While the U.S. has long had strong relations with the U.K., there appears to be a stronger bond with France under Biden. France has often looked to the U.S. to help ease global tensions.

 

 

“It’s great to have a U.S President who’s part of the club and very willing to cooperate," Macron said.

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