Biden announces global US vaccine donation ahead of G7 summit

By Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 2020 GMT (0420 HKT) June 10, 2021
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8:19 a.m. ET, June 10, 2021

What to expect from Biden and Johnson's bilateral meeting today

From CNN's Kate Sullivan and Kevin Liptak

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President Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson are expected to commit on Thursday to working to open up travel between the US and the UK and lifting restrictions that were put in place to stop the spread of Covid-19, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Biden and Johnson are expected to announce a new travel task force that will explore options and make recommendations on how to safely resume international travel. The President is set to meet with Johnson on Thursday during his first foreign trip as President ahead of the Group of Seven summit being held in southwestern England. 

National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Wednesday the US has established two working groups of public health experts -- one with the United Kingdom and one with the European Union.

"The point of these working groups is to share data and set out both milestones and criteria to enable a reopening of travel between our two countries as swiftly as possible, consistent with public health guidance," Sullivan told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Biden and Johnson are also expected on Thursday to agree to a new Atlantic Charter modeled on the historic declaration made by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1941 that set out American and British goals for the world after the end of World War II, according to Sullivan.

"There will be a refresher of the Atlantic Charter, which is now 80 years old, so there will be an updated statement of principles between the US and UK as free societies and free peoples speaking out about what we believe in the 21st century," Sullivan told reporters.

The charter will outline priorities, values and challenges that include defending democracy, reaffirming the importance of collective security, building a more fair and sustainable global trading system, combating cyberattacks, addressing the climate crisis, protecting biodiversity and bringing an end to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the source.

Biden and Johnson are also expected to agree to pursue a landmark bilateral technology agreement that will be signed next year, according to the source. The agreement will focus on reducing barriers British tech firms face when trying to work with US counterparts.

Read more about their meeting here.

2:22 p.m. ET, June 10, 2021

Biden warns he'll tell Putin "what I want him to know" as he defines goals of foreign tour

From CNN's Kevin Liptak in Falmouth, England

President Biden told a hangar of US troops on Wednesday he was in Europe to defend the very concept of democracy, setting high stakes for his first trip abroad as President and warning his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he planned to raise touchy issues during their summit next week.

“I’m headed to the G7, then to the NATO ministerial and then to meet with Mr. Putin to let him know what I want him to know,” Biden said at RAF Mildenhall, home to an American refueling wing and the site of Biden’s first presidential speech on foreign soil.

Biden, who seemed to grow emotional as he recalled his late son Beau’s service as an Army major, spoke forcefully about restoring American alliances in Europe, describing them as a cornerstone of global security.

And he said he wouldn’t hold back in his meeting with Putin.

"We're not seeking conflict with Russia. We want a stable predictable relationship,” he said. “I've been clear, the United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities. We've already demonstrated that. I'm going to communicate that there are consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies in the United States and Europe and elsewhere.”

Before he meets Putin in Geneva next week, Biden is holding consultations with European leaders at the G7 in Cornwall and the NATO summit in Brussels. 

“Our unrivaled network of alliances and partnerships that are the key to American advantage in the world and always have been,” Biden said. “They’ve made the world safer for all of us and they are how we are going to meet the challenges of today, which are changing rapidly. We’re going to meet it though from a position of strength.”

He laid out a lofty goal for his first trip abroad, suggesting no less than democracy itself was at stake as he works to convince world leaders that, after four years of President Trump, the US commitment to transatlantic ties is back for good.

 “I believe we're in at an inflection point in world history, the moment where it falls to us to prove that democracies will not just endure, but they will excel as we rise to seize the enormous opportunities of the new age,” Biden said. “We have to discredit those who believe that the age of democracy is over, as some of our fellow nations believe. We have to expose as false the narrative that the decrees of dictators can match the speed and scale of the 21st challenges.”

Biden, as he started his speech by thanking the assembled US service-members, harkened back to his son Beau, who was a major in the Delaware National Guard.

 “I only wish my major was here to thank you as well,” he said.

Read more here.

2:22 p.m. ET, June 10, 2021

This is Biden's first foreign trip as President. Here's a look at his key events in Europe. 

From CNN's Kevin Liptak in in Falmouth, England

President Biden kicked off his first foreign trip on Wednesday, landing in the United Kingdom ahead of the three-day G7 summit that is set to start tomorrow.

This year's G7 summit is hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and will be held along the Cornish coast. Biden has engaged with the other leaders in the group by telephone, in virtual meetings and in one in-person visit with Japan's prime minister. But the summit will be his first time greeting them all together in person.

Any president's first venture abroad is closely watched for its symbolic nod to foreign policy priorities. Biden's plans amount to a sign that after a tumultuous period under President Trump, transatlantic ties are at the forefront of his agenda.

Despite his long-standing interest in foreign policy, Biden hadn't yet ventured outside the United States since becoming president, as Covid-19 limited travel overseas. Typically, new presidents begin foreign travel a few months into office.

Here's a look at the main events of his trip:

  • June 10: Biden and Johnson bilateral meeting.
  • June 11-13: G7 summit in Cornwall.
  • June 13: Biden and the first lady meet with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.
  • June 14: NATO summit in Brussels.
  • June 15: EU-US summit in Brussels.
  • June 16: Biden summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.

10:22 a.m. ET, June 10, 2021

Biden outlined the goals of his international trip before departing the US

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

President Biden boards Marine One before departing from the White House on June 9.
President Biden boards Marine One before departing from the White House on June 9. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Biden spelled out his goals for his debut foreign trip on Wednesday as he departed the United States for the first time as President.

Asked what his goals were for the trip, Biden said “strengthening the alliance.”

“Making clear to Putin and to China that Europe and the United States are tight and the G7 is gonna move,” Biden told the reporters on the tarmac of Joint Base Andrews yesterday before departing for the UK.

The President said he has a vaccine strategy for the world and that he will be announcing it, though he did not specify when. He's expected to announce Thursday evening that the US plans to donate 500 million Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses globally.

Biden was also asked if he will be able to work out any sort of understanding with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the recent cyer-attacks against the US, to which he responded “who knows.” 

“It’s gonna be a subject of our discussion,” he added before turning and boarding Air Force One.