G7 summit LIVE – Joe Biden blasts Boris Johnson for 'inflaming tensions' in Northern Ireland ahead of pair's 1st meeting

JOE Biden has accused Boris Johnson of "inflaming" tensions in Ireland ahead of their first meeting in Britain today.

The President is expected to address post-Brexit peace with the Prime Minister to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement is protected – as Britain and the EU try to resolve the issue of checks in the Irish Sea.

But tensions over Britain's handling of Irish issues have already been voiced by Biden, reports The Times.

Yael Lempert, America’s most senior diplomat in Britain, told Lord Frost, the Brexit minister, that the government was “inflaming” tensions in Ireland and Europe with its opposition to checks at ports.

Lempert said she had been told to take the step of issuing London with a demarche – which is a formal diplomatic reprimand rarely exchanged between allies. 

The memo said that the US “strongly urged” Britain to come to a “negotiated settlement”, even if that meant “unpopular compromises,” according to reports.

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  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    MILLIONS OF VACCINES GIVEN TO MEXICO AND CANADA

    In a statement released on June 3, Biden said that Canada and Mexico had already been given 4 million doses.

    It was reported on Sunday that the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to enlist the support of the President to jab the entire world against coronavirus by the end of next year.

    Johnson will meet Biden, 78, for the first time on Thursday when he arrives at Carbis Bay, near St Ives.

  • John Hall

    FAKE VIDEO CLAIMED BIDEN WAS IMPEACHED

    A misleading video claiming Joe Biden has been impeached has been taken down.

    The 25-minute footage, uploaded to the social media site on Monday, was a clip of a Newsmax broadcast titled “Biden gets BRUTAL impeachment after his ‘v.accine for China’ FOOL”.

    There is no mention of Biden getting impeached in any segment of the clip.

    Facebook flagged the video as part of their agenda to tackle the spread of misinformation and the clip was subsequently removed.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT IS THE G7?

    Also known as the Group of Seven, these countries are seven of the largest economies of the world.

    Together, they represent more than 62 per cent of the global net wealth ($280trillion).

    The group was founded in the early 1970s as the seven countries discussed concerns about the collapse of the oil industry.

    Since then, 43 summits have been held across the globe as members discuss everything from the environment to the economy.

    The group was previously known as the G8 and counted Russia among its members, but Russia has been excluded since annexing the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in early 2014.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHEN WILL BIDEN MEET WITH PUTIN?

    Biden will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin next Wednesday, their first face-to-face meeting since Biden became president.

    White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Monday it was unclear whether the two leaders would hold a joint news conference after their talks.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN WILL BE 13TH PRESIDENT THE QUEEN HAS MET

    On Sunday, Biden will leave for Windsor Castle to meet Queen Elizabeth.

    Biden will become the 13th US president that the 95-year-old monarch has met during her record-breaking reign.

    It will be her first such major engagement since the death of her husband Prince Philip in April.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN'S TRIP TO UK DELAYED BY CICADAS

    Cicada's have interfered with Biden's plans to travel to Europe for the past 24 hours, including causing issues to the White House press charter.

    CNN's Kaitlan Collins said that their flight to Europe was delayed for "several hours" due to "cicada-related issues."

    Biden could be seen batting the bug away from his face while speaking to a guard.

    He then turned to reporters and told them to "watch out for the cicadas," before laughing and winking.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN'S 'RING OF STEEL'

    The armed forces were drafted to help police as world leaders, their entourages and thousands of protesters descend for the three-day summit at Carbis Bay.

    HMS Northumberland, a Type 23 frigate, will be positioned off the coast and use its radar system to help police identify potential threats from the air and sea.

    More than 50 luxury cars and 400 Secret Service agents touched down at St Mawgan airbase near Newquay ahead of Biden's arrival.

    A Giraffe agile multi-beam radar system has been deployed – which can identify and track targets while providing coastal surveillance.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHY IS HUNTER BIDEN FACING BACKLASH?

    Hunter Biden was caught up in yet another scandal on Tuesday after it was claimed he used the N-word multiple times in leaked text messages sent to his white lawyer.

    The shocking allegations prompted #RacistHunter to trend on Twitter as critics waded in to blast the president's son.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    FAKE VIDEO CLAIMED BIDEN WAS IMPEACHED

    A misleading video claiming Joe Biden has been impeached has been taken down.

    The 25-minute footage, uploaded to the social media site on Monday, was a clip of a Newsmax broadcast titled "Biden gets BRUTAL impeachment after his 'v.accine for China' FOOL".

    There is no mention of Biden getting impeached in any segment of the clip.

    Facebook flagged the video as part of their agenda to tackle the spread of misinformation and the clip was subsequently removed.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    HILLARY CLINTON TWEETS AT THE PRESIDENT

    The President is expected to announce a plan to donate hundreds of millions of vaccines to other countries.

    Former First Lady and secretary of state Hilary Clinton praised the announcement on Twitter.

    "This is a great start," she tweeted.

    "When America is at its best, it’s a force for good in the world."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    EXPERTS TO ATTEND G7

    The G7 leaders will be joined virtually by experts, including Sir Patrick Vallance, Melinda French Gates and Sir David Attenborough.

    Leaders of Australia, South Africa, South Korea and India will join — in person or remotely — for discussions on health and climate change.

    It will be the first G7 where all members will have committed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 ahead of November’s UK-hosted COP26 Summit.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BORIS JOHNSON TO PUSH FOR VACCINE SHARING

    Boris Johnson will tell world leaders gathering in Cornwall that they must dig deep to help the poorest nations if they want to end the pandemic for good.

    He will be out to convince them he can extend the success of Britain’s jabs campaign to protect everyone on the planet. That means stepping up production, tearing down international distribution barriers and sharing surplus doses.

    Britain has already pledged to donate the majority of our extra supplies to those in desperate need — and Mr Johnson will use his role as G7 host to rally the richest countries behind him.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    HOW MANY VACCINE INJECTIONS WERE ASTRA-ZENECA?

    Almost one in three jabs around the world — 450 million out of 1.5billion doses — have been Oxford-AstraZeneca.

    Britain also set up the COVAX scheme to distribute jabs to developing countries, providing £548million early on and encouraging other countries to commit.

    COVAX would not have been able to deliver the 80million jabs it already has without Oxford/AstraZeneca, which made up 96 per cent of those doses.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT IS THE G7?

    The G7 summit – also known as Group of Seven – is an informal meeting between leaders of the wealthiest nations on the planet.

    Biden and Johnson will be joined by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, French president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian PM Mario Draghi and Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga.

    EU figureheads Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen will also be in attendance.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHERE WILL BIDEN LAND IN THE UK?

    Biden is expected to land at Newquay airport – Cornwall’s main commercial airport.

    In the pre-Covid world, the modest airport would fly to destinations in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland.

    Marine Force One – the US president’s helicopter – is believed to be in England ready for Biden to use.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    TRUMP BLASTS BIDEN BORDER POLICY IN NEW STATEMENT

    In a statement released Wednesday night, Trump went after Biden's "outrageous" maintenance of the Southern Border.

    "Our recently secured Southern Border is now worse than ever before," the former President wrote.

    He went on to criticize that the current administration "stopped construction of the small remaining openings" along the wall, as well as taking away authority from "our great border patrol," and ending Trump policies like Remain in Mexico and Safe Third Agreements.

    "In the history of our country, it has never been more dangerous or worse. They do not have long to act as our Country is being destroyed!" the statement concluded.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN TOUCHES DOWN IN UK

    Biden touched down in Britain today for his first international trip as president, with the G7 summit and a meeting with Queen Elizabeth.

    The President delivered remarks to the US Air Force personnel and their families who are stationed in RAF Mildenhall.

    Biden has set the stakes for his eight-day trip in sweeping terms, believing that the West must publicly demonstrate it can compete economically with China as the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN CHOKED UP RECALLING SON

    The president choked up as he addressed troops after landing, recalling his late son Beau's military service.

    After his well-received address to cheering crowds in the UK, he issued an official statement on his Twitter account.

    "America is better positioned to advance our national security and our economic prosperity when we bring together like-minded nations to stand with us," he said.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    FIRST LADY SCOLDED HER HUSBAND

    During her address, the first lady joked that her husband had to concentrate moments before he said that he "kept forgetting I'm president."

    "Joe, pay attention," FLOTUS said.

    Flotus said she was "prepping for the G7" hours before her RAF Mildenhall address.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN MAKES GAFFE IN UK SPEECH

    Speaking at a Royal Air Force station in England today, Biden referred to the RAF as the RFA.

    "These partnerships have hardened and have been hardened in the fire of war and generations of Americans and service members who fought them. Like those RFA pilots," he blundered.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    VACCINE PASSPORTS COULD BE REQUIRED SOON

    The US is taking a "very close look" at the possibility of requiring vaccine passports to fly in and out of the country, a White House official said Friday.

    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made the announcement to Good Morning America, despite repeated assurances from the Biden administration that they have no plans to impose such a system.

    “We’re taking a very close look at that,” Mayorkas said when asked about the possibility of vaccine passports being introduced.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    UK HAS BEEN VACCINE DIPLOMACY LEADER

    The UK has so far led efforts to ensure the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people have access to vaccines.

    Last year, the Government funded the development and production of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and guaranteed it would be made available at cost price around the globe.

    Almost one in three jabs around the world — 450 million out of 1.5billion doses — have been Oxford-AstraZeneca.

    Britain also set up the COVAX scheme to distribute jabs to developing countries, providing £548million early on and encouraging other countries to commit.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN TO ANNOUNCE GLOBAL VACCINE STRATEGY

    On Wednesday while boarding Air Force One, the President said that he would be announcing his global vaccine strategy.

    Last month the Biden administration announced that by the end of June, the US will share 80million doses of the country's vaccine supply with the world.

    The donations will be given to the U.N-backed COVAX program which has seen 76million doses being shared with countries in need.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN TO MAKE FIRST FOREIGN TRIP

    On June 9, President Biden will make his first foreign trip as he gets ready to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at this week’s G7 summit in the UK.

    The president and First Lady are expected to arrive at the Royal Air Force in Mildenhall, United Kingdom at 8pm local time, 3pm US time.

    In an article for the Washington Post published on Sunday before his first foreign trip as president, Biden wrote, "In the United Kingdom, after meeting with prime minister Boris Johnson to affirm the special relationship between our nations, I will participate in the G7 summit.

    “This group of leading democracies and economies has not met in person in two years due to the coronavirus."

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    PREZ PRAISE

    "You're the best of our country. That's not hyperbole. You're the ones who sign up and run toward danger when duty calls," Biden said during his touted UK address.

    "Less than 1percent of Americans make the choice that you make, that you made…the other 99percent of us, we owe you."

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