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Joe Biden is set to make his debut at the G7 summit tomorrow after his bilateral meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He’ll join Angela Merkel, Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and Yoshihide Suga in the wake of his predecessor Donald Trump.
Trump had thrown a wrench into G7 unity, demanding the absolute prioritization of U.S. interests, threatening decades-old security guarantees, insulting colleagues, and loudly suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin be invited back into the group despite his refusal to meet demands for Moscow to stay out of Ukraine.
Asked about his goals upon departing from Washington, Biden replied: “Strengthening the alliance and make it clear to Putin and to China that Europe and the United States are tight, and the G-7 is going to move.”
Biden and Draghi took office within weeks of each other this year and are the newest members of the G7 summit.
The US president intends to smooth relations after Trump once accused Trudeau of being “very dishonest and weak,” disparaged Merkel and Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May, and said Macron’s NATO skepticism was “nasty” and “insulting.”