Biden has his first phone call with  UK Prime Minister as president

Biden has his first phone call with UK Prime Minister as president

President
Biden
had
his
first
phone
call
with
England’s
Prime
Minister

Boris
Johnson
on
Saturday,
where
Johnson
pressed
the
new
president
for
a
U.S.-U.K.
trade
deal. 

Johnson
also
welcomed
some
of
Biden’s
new
executive
actions. 

“The
Prime
Minister
warmly
welcomed
the
President’s
decision
to
re-join
the
Paris
Agreement
on
climate
change,
as
well
as
the
World
Health
Organization
and
the
COVAX
programme
to
ensure
equitable
access
for
vaccines,”
a
Downing
Street
spokesperson
said
in
a
statement,
adding
that
Johnson
praised
Biden’s
early
action
to
tackle
climate
change. 

 “They
also
discussed
the
benefits
of
a
potential
free
trade
deal
between
our
two
countries,
and
the
Prime
Minister
reiterated
his
intention
to
resolve
existing
trade
issues
as
soon
as
possible,”
the
spokesperson
continued. 


BIDEN
ADMINISTRATION
DEFENDS
REMOVING
STATUE
FROM
OVAL
OFFICE 

The
U.K.
only
recently
regained
control
over
its
national
trade
policy
after
the
end
of
a
post-Brexit
transition
period. 

White
House
press
secretary
Jen
Psaki
said
forging
a
new
trade
deal
was
low
on
Biden’s
list
of
priorities,
as
he
was
focusing
attention
on
getting
the
coronavirus
pandemic
under
control
and
getting
his
$1.9
trillion
Covid
relief
bill
under
control.

The
White
House
in
its
own
statement
said
the
two
leaders
discussed
climate
change,
curbing
Covid-19
and
shared
foreign
policy
priorities
in
China,
Iran
and
Russia.

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The
call
was
Biden’s
third
with
a
foreign
leader
this
week.
He
spoke
with
Canadian
Prime
Minister
Justin
Trudeau
and
Mexican
President
Andrés
Manuel
López
Obrador
on
Friday
evening.


The
Associated
Press
contributed
to
this
report. 

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