Joe Biden jokes to the press 'everybody in the water' at G7 summit

Joe Biden jokes to the press ‘everybody in the water’ as he poses for photos with the First Lady, Boris and Carrie at G7 summit

  • President Joe Biden jokes with journalists that they should go swimming today
  • Gag came during G7 summit ‘family photo’ as he feigned an order to reporters 
  • He joked while standing with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie 
  • And US First Lady Jill Biden quipped today: ‘I feel like we are at a wedding’

US President Joe Biden joked with journalists today that they should go swimming during the G7 summit, feigning an order as he said: ‘Everybody in the water.’

The gag by Mr Biden, who is known for taking unsubtle digs at the Press, came while the leaders were gathering for the ‘family photo’ at Carbis Bay in Cornwall.

Mr Biden made the comment while standing on a raised platform with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie for the socially-distanced picture on the beach. 

It comes after Mr Biden joked to a reporter in May that they could only ask him about the Israel-Hamas conflict if they stood in front of a pickup truck ‘as I step on it’. 

In Cornwall today, First Lady Jill Biden joked: ‘I feel like we are at a wedding’. And Mr Johnson, whose recent marriage is his third, said it was like ‘walking down the aisle’. 

US President Joe Biden (second right) jokes while standing next to his wife, First Lady Jill Biden (far right) and Prime Minister Boris Johnson (second left) and his wife Carrie Johnson (left) at the start of the G7 summit at Carbis Bay in Cornwall today

US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill (R) arrive on the beach at Carbis Bay this afternoon

After the photograph was taken, Mr Biden walked arm-in-arm along the beach on the overcast day discussing democracy with France’s Emmanuel Macron.

Under grey clouds, Mr and Mrs Johnson had greeted other G7 leaders and their partners on a specially constructed wooden gangway beside the Atlantic Ocean.

After the leaders returned for the group picture, Germany’s Angela Merkel urged Mr Johnson ahead, telling him: ‘You are the leader.’

Mr Macron held back, speaking to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, before Mr Biden draped his arm around Mr Macron who returned the embrace.

They walked smiling, arm-in-arm along the walkway, discussing affairs of state.

The joke came while the leaders were gathering for the ‘family photo’ at Carbis Bay in Cornwall

The Johnsons greet the Bidens for the ‘family photo’ on the beach at Carbis Bay this afternoon 

The Elysee Palace said Macron and Biden had talked about ‘how to make democracies more efficient for the middle class and on China said there should be no confrontation but that we should defend our values and interests’.

As he opened the summit, Mr Johnson said it would be hugely significant after the ‘wretched pandemic’ and speculated that perhaps leaders could rebuild in ‘a more gender neutral, a more feminine, way’.

Ordering the media to leave the meeting after his initial remarks, Mr Johnson said: ‘This is meant to be a fireside chat between the great democracies of the world.

‘It’s turned into a gigantic media circus in which we have to greet each other several times.’

When asked what his message would be to Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin when the two meet in Geneva next week, Mr Biden said: ‘I’ll tell you after I have delivered it.’ 

After the photograph was taken, Mr Biden walked arm-in-arm along the beach on the overcast day discussing democracy with France’s Emmanuel Macron

From left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during the G7 ‘family photo’ at Carbis Bay in Cornwall today

Mr Johnson also said the G7 must learn from the mistakes of the pandemic as he predicted the leading economies would ‘bounce back’ from the Covid-19 recession.

The PM said the group of leading democracies should also avoid the errors that followed the 2008 financial crash and ensure the recovery helped all parts of society.

The G7 nations will promise a billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine to help poorer countries tackle the pandemic, with Mr Johnson promising at least 100 million surplus doses from the UK over the coming year. 

It is the first face-to-face meeting for the group in almost two years as a result of what Mr Johnson called the ‘most wretched pandemic’. 

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