Boris Johnson hops on Amtrak for White House meeting with Biden


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrived at the White House on Tuesday for his first in-person visit, first meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris before his sit down with President Joe Biden. 

Johnson and Biden took separate trips from New York to Washington on Tuesday to meet at the White House amid rising tensions with the French.

The two leaders were in New York for the UN General Assembly meeting but didn’t meet face to face there. Instead their sit down on Tuesday evening will be in the Oval Office of the White House, a symbol of power and more recognizable backdrop. 

It’s Johnson’s first trip to the White House, a visit he never made during Donald Trump’s presidency, partially due to the COVID pandemic. 

The British prime minister took the train from New York City to Washington D.C. a move the president – who earned the nickname ‘Amtrak Joe’ when he commuted daily from Wilmington, Del., to the nation’s Capitol as a senator – will no doubt appreciate. Biden on Tuesday took Air Force One back to Washington.  

The two men previously met in person in June at the G7 meeting in Cornwall. 

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Vice President Kamala Harris wave from a balcony of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Vice President Kamala Harris wave from a balcony of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building

Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes a train from Penn Station in New York to Washington DC for his meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House

Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes a train from Penn Station in New York to Washington DC for his meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with aide David Blair (left), prepares for the meeting during the train ride

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with aide David Blair (left), prepares for the meeting during the train ride

Boris Johnson  in New York City's Penn Station, preparing to board his Amtrak train

Boris Johnson  in New York City’s Penn Station, preparing to board his Amtrak train

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss arrive in Washington DC - it's Johnson's first White House meeting as prime minister

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss arrive in Washington DC – it’s Johnson’s first White House meeting as prime minister

Prime Minister Johnson boarding the train

Prime Minister Johnson boarding the train

Joe Biden will sit down with Johnson in the Oval Office amid tensions with France over new AUKUS alliance - Biden flew from New York to DC on Air Force One

Joe Biden will sit down with Johnson in the Oval Office amid tensions with France over new AUKUS alliance – Biden flew from New York to DC on Air Force One

Johnson gushed over Biden in an interview with NBC’s Today Show.

‘What I will say about Joe Biden and dealing with the new American president, yes, it is a breath of fresh air in the sense of the some things on which we can really really work together, and you knew I was gonna bring it up — climate change — he’s great on that,’ he said. 

Johnson said the UK would seek a good relationship with whoever was in the White House. 

‘It is the job of the prime minister of the UK to have a good relationship with the president of the United States,’ he said. ‘The US-UK relationship – we are doomed, we are fated to get along. That applies to Donald Trump, that applies to Joe Biden.’

Johnson will also meet with Vice President Kamala Harris ahead of his sit down with Biden. And, on Wednesday morning, the British prime minister will be on Capitol Hill to meet with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

The British and American leaders are touting their close special relationship amid French fury at the new US-UK-Australian alliance, dubbed AUKUS, that saw Paris lose a $90 billion sub contract.

French President Emmanuel Macron recalled France’s ambassadors to the US and Australia after the deal was announced.

Biden has yet to address the situation and is attempting to speak to Macron.

‘We’re still working on the scheduling of it — with President Macron in the coming days,’ White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.

‘And what I expect the President will do on that call is reaffirm our commitment to working with one of our oldest and closest partners on a range of challenges that the global community is facing,’ she noted.

Johnson, meanwhile, will celebrate the new deal with a dinner Tuesday night at the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Politico reported. 

President Joe Biden emphasized the partnership American democracy shares with the world as he sat down with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

President Joe Biden emphasized the partnership American democracy shares with the world as he sat down with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Boris Johnson sat down with NBC in New York City ahead of the United Nations General Assembly where he gushed over Biden in an interview

Boris Johnson sat down with NBC in New York City ahead of the United Nations General Assembly where he gushed over Biden in an interview

Meanwhile, Biden and Morrison met in New York City on Tuesday afternoon where they emphasized their partnership was in the best interest of the world.  The AUKUS deal, as it has been dubbed, is part of American moves to counter China’s growing power in the Pacific region.    

‘The issues we discussed and our partnership today really do reach out to so many others in terms of how we address the global challenges,’ Morrison said as he met with Biden at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York

Biden agreed. ‘It goes well beyond just our partnership. Our partnership is in line with all the other democracies in the world. And we got a lot of work to do,’ he noted. 



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