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This year’s G7 “family photo” was taken on a beach in Cornwall, England, with world leaders’ windswept hair stealing the show.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was front and center, with President Joe Biden — who is on his first trip abroad as commander-in-chief — to his right. The other leaders in the photo included: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudea, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Council Charles Michel, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
The leaders of the G7 (Group of 7), an organization of some of the world’s largest economies, and EU leaders are discussing an array of topics at this year’s summit — with a major focus on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden, whose political career has in many ways been defined by a focus on foreign policy, appears relaxed and in his element in the photo.
“Everybody in the water,” Biden jokingly said as the leaders gathered to pose for the shot. He walked up with Macron, each with an arm draped around each other’s back.
“Everybody in the water,” Biden joked to his fellow leaders at the G7 family photo on the oceanfront in Carbis Bay, England.
Macron and Biden walked shoulder to shoulder, chatting, an arm draped around each other’s back. pic.twitter.com/CTpwa8gCjU
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 11, 2021
There appeared to be less visible tension in this year’s photo among the leaders with former President Donald Trump out of the picture.
Trump had a tendency to aggressively confront US allies on a range of issues — especially trade — and his abrasive leadership style placed major strains on relations with key partners.
A recent Pew Research Center survey showed that the US’s global approval rating has improved significantly with Trump gone and Biden at the helm, particularly among close allies in Europe.
In all of the 16 countries surveyed, more than six-in-ten said they have confidence in Biden to do the right thing in world affairs, Pew said. In 12 nations surveyed both this year and last year, a median of 75% expressed confidence in Biden, compared to just 17% for Trump in 2020.
Biden has made restoring confidence in the US a major priority, and his eight-day trip to Europe in many ways serves as his audition to the world in that regard. In addition to visiting the UK, Biden is set to visit Brussels, Belgium, for NATO and EU summits. Subsequently, he’ll head to Geneva, Switzerland, for a highly anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.