Joe Biden leaves White House to visit UK for first overseas trip

Images of President Joe Biden waving as he and First Lady Jill Biden depart the White House

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden left the White House and departed on Air Force One to travel to the UK (Pictures: Getty Images/AP)

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden left the White House on Wednesday morning en route to the UK and the start of the first overseas trip of his presidency.

Before stepping aboard Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Biden told reporters that his trip would show that the US and Europe are ‘tight’. Biden is stopping in the UK where the Group of Seven are meeting, before traveling again for talks with NATO leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Biden is scheduled to land at Royal Air Force Mildenhall near Suffolk at 8pm local time. He will address US Air Force personnel and their families stationed at the base. Royal Air Force Mildenhall houses the 100th Air Refueling Wing, which is the only permanent US Air Force refueling operation in Europe.

The president will participate in a Group of Seven meeting in Cornwall in the coming days. He has one-on-one meetings slated with Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Biden will then attend a NATO summit in Belgium and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva next Wednesday, which will be the end of his trip.

Biden told reporters on Wednesday that the purpose of his trip is ‘strengthening the alliance’ and that it would ‘make it clear to Putin and China that Europe and the United States are tight and the G-7 is gonna move’.

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Source:: Metro News

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