U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in Newquay, Cornwall, Wednesday evening ahead of the G-7 summit.
Biden had just given a speech to U.S. forces based in the United Kingdom after arriving on his first overseas trip as U.S. president.
The most tactile of politicians, Biden has grown frustrated by the diplomacy-via-Zoom dynamics of the pandemic and has relished the ability to again have face-to-face meetings that allow him to size up and connect with world leaders.
While Biden himself is a veteran statesman, many of the world leaders he will see in England, including U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, took office after Biden left the vice presidency.
Another, Germany’s Angela Merkel, will leave office later this year.