President Biden arrived in Europe on Wednesday on his first foreign trip as president as the administration strives to emphasize relationships with U.S. allies.
While there, he will participate in both the G7 and NATO summits, as well as an EU-U.S. summit. Mr. Biden’s key message to allies has been that America is back, after former President Donald Trump at times mocked leaders of the nation’s closest allies and championed an “America first” platform. The White House says this trip will focus on America’s commitment to rallying world democracies and defending shared values.
But the most closely watched part of the president’s trip will be next week when Mr. Biden has a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The engagement promises particularly high stakes, especially given recent ransomware attacks in the U.S. committed by hackers that U.S. officials say are in Russia.
Mr. Biden told reporters before departing for the United Kingdom that the spate of cyberattacks targeting U.S. companies will be a subject of his discussions with Putin. The president also said he has a COVID-19 vaccine plan for the world, which he will be announcing. Mr. Biden, however, did not say when his vaccine strategy would be unveiled.
On Wednesday, Mr. Biden and first lady Jill Biden are first meeting with U.S. military personnel and their families stationed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall. On Thursday, Mr. Biden will meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. On Saturday and Sunday, the president will attend the G7 Summit in Cornwall.
On Sunday, he will meet with the U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. As White House press secretary Jen Psaki said often before the White House confirmed that visit, “Who wouldn’t want to meet the queen?”