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The meeting comes as part of the United Nations General Assembly which is taking place in New York where Joe Biden made his keynote speech today.In his landmark speech to the UN, the US president pledged the nation would double funds by 2024 to $11.4billion per year to go towards helping developing nations deal with climate change.His commitment comes after Boris Johnson launched an attack on world leaders saying “nowhere near enough” is being done to tackle the crisis.
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Earlier today, the prime minister met Vice President Kamala Harris for the first time (Image: GETTY) Whilst in New York the Prime Minister also met with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who pledged to give away $1 billion in grants to focus efforts around conservation.
The two also agreed to work together in the lead-up to the COP26 conference in Glasgow in November to see “what more could be done in the run up”, Downing Street confirmed.
The Prime Minister will also hold a meeting in New York today with US investors before meeting Vice President Kamala Harris.
However, President Biden seemed to snub the UK in his speech this afternoon by refusing to include them in a lengthy list of America’s closest allies which included the EU.
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Trending KEY EVENTS Boris Johnson insists Emmanuel Macron should “get a grip” over AUKUS deal 13:53 ‘Biden administration is not doing free trade deals right now’ 13:19 Democrats ‘going back to Obama stance’ 11:03 Joe Biden feels ‘very strongly’ about Northern Ireland 22:37 We are not seeking a new Cold War, says Biden 15:55 Joe Biden snubs UK in speech praising key international allies 15:23 UN Secretary General warns climate is ‘ringing at fever pitch’ 14:38 Biden outlines ‘Build Back Better agenda’ in social media video 13:51 Trade deal between two nations ‘unlikely’ 09:26 43 mins ago 15:00 Francesca Edwards US is ‘getting bigger and better’, says Boris Johnson Following his meeting at the White House Boris Johnson says the US is “getting bigger and better”.
Meeting House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mr Johnson was shown a picture of Sir Winston Churchill addressing Congress in 1941 when he was prime minister, a few weeks after Pearl Harbour.
Mr Johnson was warmed by Ms Pelosi telling him her father, the late Congressman Thomas D’Alesandro Jr, could be seen in the picture witnessing the address.
“It’s vital for the world that America stands up for that principle in the way that the US government does,” Mr Johnson told Ms Pelosi.
“I just want you to know we stand with you, shoulder-to-shoulder with you in sticking up for our values, our beliefs in democracy, in sticking up for parliaments and assemblies around the world.”
1 hour ago 14:40 Francesca Edwards PM has ‘get out of jail free card’ on royal family comments Boris Johnson told senators he has a “get out of jail free card” on commenting on the royal family as he declined one of their questions during a meeting in the US Capitol.
The Prime Minister sat down with senators including Chuck Schumer, the Democrat who is Senate majority leader, and Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader.
Gesturing towards senator Shelley Moore Capito, he said: “On your question about the royal family, I get a free pass on that one, I have a total get out of jail free card as Prime Minister, I never say anything about the royal family.”
It was not clear what question had been asked.
The Prime Minister met with Senators in Washington (Image: PA) 1 hour ago 14:22 Francesca Edwards PM making ‘incremental steps’ towards trade pact Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said it is “excellent” to secure the lifting of decade-long bans on British lamb to the US.
The Prime Minister welcomed the news this morning saying “it’s about time too.”
But Boris Johnson did admit Joe Biden will not negotiate free trade pacts at the movement but said he is making “incremental steps” to trading with the US.
Excellent that we have secured the lifting of the decades long ban on British lamb to the US.
The US is the 2nd largest importer of lamb in the world.
This will bring new opportunities for our farmers and rural communities across ud83cuddecud83cudde7 ud83dudc47 https://t.co/VpMxCPkRrk
u2014 Liz Truss (@trussliz) September 22, 2021 2 hours ago 13:53 Francesca Edwards Boris Johnson insists Emmanuel Macron should “get a grip” over AUKUS deal Boris Johnson has dismissed French anger about the Australian submarines deal, insisting Emmanuel Macron should “get a grip”.
The Prime Minister used Franglais as he urged “some of our dearest friends” to calm down over the issue.
The fallout has seen France recall its ambassadors from Australia and the US and postpone high-level meetings.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Johnson added: “This is fundamentally a great step forward for global security.It’s three very like-minded allies standing shoulder-to-shoulder, creating a new partnership for the sharing of technology.
“It’s not exclusive.It’s not trying to shoulder anybody out.It’s not adversarial towards China, for instance.”
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2 hours ago 13:19 Francesca Edwards ‘Biden administration is not doing free trade deals right now’ Speaking to reporters in New York this afternoon Boris Johnson confirmed that the “Biden administration is not doing free trade deals around the world right now” but he is “confident there is a great deal to be done.”
The Prime Minister also said the Northern Ireland Protocol “did not come up at all” during the 90 minute meeting between the two leaders on Tuesday.
Boris Johnson spoke to reporters in New York (Image: Sky News) 3 hours ago 12:50 Francesca Edwards Summit to call for 70 percent of world to be vaccinated by next autumn Joe Biden will host a vaccine summit later today where he is expected to call for 70 percent of the world to be vaccinated again Covid by this time next year.
The virtual summit aims to spur on countries, businesses and organisations to set targets to beat the pandemic after President Biden pleased a US order of 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine for donation abroad.
Attendees will include world leaders, figures from the private sector, and non-governmental organisations.
4 hours ago 11:55 Francesca Edwards Good Friday peace agreement trashed, says Stormont First Minister Stormont First Minister Paul Givan has warned that the Northern Ireland Protocol has “trashed” the Good Friday peace agreement in his response to President Biden.
Mr Givan said the protocol “needs to be put right”.
He added: ” “We’re all very much committed to making sure that the peace accords, as he (President Biden) referred to them as, are respected.
4 hours ago 11:46 Francesca Edwards Boris Johnson doesn’t mention trade deal in tweet Boris Johnson has taken to social media ahead of his address to the UN assembly later today and after his meeting with Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday afternoon.
The Prime Minister stressed the importance of the partnership between the two nations saying it is “vital as we face the challenges of the future.”
He added that he will work with President Biden on Covid recovery, climate change and strengthening the security partnership, but didn’t mention a trade deal.
Mr Johnson will address the general assembly at the General Assembly Hall this afternoon.
The UK-US partnership is vital as we face the challenges of the future.
@POTUS and I will continue to work together to #BuildBackBetter from the pandemic, tackle climate change and strengthen our security partnership.
u2014 Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 22, 2021 5 hours ago 11:03 Francesca Edwards Democrats ‘going back to Obama stance’ The BBC’s Lewis Goodall argues that the Democrats are ‘going back to Obama’ on the UK-US trade deal.
In a tweet, he said the trip “reinforced what we already know” in the fact that the administration isn’t interested in a trade deal with the UK.
He added that “the trip was the moment that reality dawned” when Boris Johnson accepting it won’t happen in Biden’s first term.
Theyu2019ve been entirely consistent about this (you can argue the Dems have been even going back to Obama).Itu2019s just that SW1 often hasnu2019t seemed to want to listen.
This trip was the moment that reality dawned- with PM effectively conceding it wonu2019t happen in Bidenu2019s first term.
u2014 Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) September 22, 2021 5 hours ago 10:44 Francesca Edwards Biden ignored latest EU row in UN speech In his first UN speech yesterday Joe Biden ignored the latest row with the EU over the AUKUS project between the US, UK and Australia.
Instead he spoke about the importance of allies saying, “There is a fundamental truth of the 21st century within each of our country and as a global community that our own success is bound up in other succeeding as well.”
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6 hours ago 09:51 Francesca Edwards Biden ‘anxious’ to visit Glasgow in person President Biden has admitted he is “anxious” to be in Glasgow in person next month to attend the COP26 international climate conference.
Speaking in the White House during a meeting on Tuesday with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Mr Biden said: “As we look ahead to the UK hosting Cop26, which I’m really anxious to attend in Glasgow in November.
“We’re going to be there with bells on, as they say.”
The summit will run from October 31 to November 12.
7 hours ago 09:06 Francesca Edwards The traditional gift exchange As a tradition, the Prime Minister and President exchange gifts during their meeting.
Boris Johnson gifted President Biden a copy of Tim Peake’s book ‘Hello, Is This Planet Earth?’, while Biden gave the PM a framed picture of them both at the G7 and a White House watch.
According to reporters in the room at the 90-minute meeting, it was “good vibes all around” with Mr Biden talking about how much he enjoyed his visit to Carbis Bay.
Boris Johnson and President Biden met on Tuesday (Image: PA) 7 hours ago 08:51 Francesca Edwards Two nations are ‘staunch allies’ Following their meeting Boris Johnson tweeted saying the UK and the US are “staunch allies and the closest of partners”.
He added that the two nations will “stand side-by-side” to protect the countries and “defend values around the world.”
The UK and US are staunch allies and the closest of partners.
We will stand side-by-side to protect our people and defend our values around the world.
u2014 Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 21, 2021 8 hours ago 08:07 Francesca Edwards Biden ‘wrong’ to have concerns over Northern Ireland deal During his appearance on Sky News, Environment Secretary George Eustice said Joe Biden is “wrong” to have concerns about the wrangling over Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit deal.
Mr Eustice said: ” He is probably at the moment just reading the headlines, reading what the EU is saying, reading what Ireland might be saying, which is that they would like the Northern Ireland Protocol to work in the way the EU envisage.
He added that it was “very complicated” and “I’m not sure he does fully appreciate all of that”.
8 hours ago 07:54 Francesca Edwards Minister admits trade deal is ‘not a priority’ for Joe Biden A Cabinet minister has acknowledged a UK-US trade deal was “not a priority” for Joe Biden.
Following Boris Johnson’s talks with the US President, Environment Secretary George Eustice told Sky News: “We still very much hope to be able to put together an agreement with the United States.
“We are not putting timescales on it.”
He added: “It’s just not a priority for the US administration.”
8 hours ago 07:40 Francesca Edwards Alternate trade deals hinted by government figure After Boris Johnson failed to commit to securing a free trade agreement between the UK and US by the time of the next general election, a senior government figure has suggested an alternative route.
This could involve joining the existing free trade agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada, known as USMCA.
Other options could be to pursue a series of smaller deals between the US and UK on separate issues.
During their meeting at the White House on Tuesday Night, President Biden said he and Boris Johnson we’re going “to talk little about trade today and we’re going to have to work that through.”
8 hours ago 07:19 Francesca Edwards PM’s trip successful so far The Prime Minister has had “two big wins” so far on his visit to the US.
President Biden pledged $11 billion dollars to help tackle climate change and on Monday announced the US would lift its travel ban in November to fully vaccinated adults.
President Joe Biden has downplayed the prospect of a trade deal with the UK as he held talks with Boris Johnson at the White House.
The govt could now consider joining an existing North American trade pact instead of pursuing a separate arrangement.
u2014 Good Morning Britain (@GMB) September 22, 2021 10 hours ago 05:46 Jack Walters Boris Johnson embarrassed as reporter silenced in trade row Boris Johnson was grilled by Gary Gibbon during a press junket with the journalist demanding to know why the UK was now “at the back of the queue” of any potential free trade deal with the US .
The Prime Minister stuttered as he poorly attempted to defend himself against criticisms he wrongly predicted the UK would easily secure a deal with the US after Brexit .
But, awkwardly, as Mr Johnson got back into the swing of things by listing off the UK’s successes after leaving the EU he wondered why Mr Gibbon was being so “passive” to which the reporter pointed out he was being told to “shut up” by the PM’s aids.
12 hours ago 04:08 Jack Walters I change a lot of nappies’ Boris Johnson confirms he has six children in US TV interview The Prime Minister has spent the last few days in his birth city of New York and in the American capital, Washington DC, as he puts pressure on his UN counterparts to up their game on climate change.
But Boris Johnson, 57, also took the time to chat with a US news network in a one-to-one interview.
Speaking to Savannah Guthrie from NBC, Mr Johnson was even asked how many children he has.
13 hours ago 02:39 Jack Walters Boris claims Joe Biden is trying to “personally move things along” in Harry Dunn case
The Prime Minister has claimed his US counterpart has “personally” worked to ensure progress in the “very sad” Harry Dunn case.
Speaking to journalists at the White House, Mr Johnson said: “On the Harry Dunn case, which is a very very sad case, and everyone’s sympathies are with the family of Harry Dunn, I know that the President has been personally trying to move things along.”
“And I am grateful for that.”
Mr Dunn, just 19, was killed when a car crashed into his motorbike outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in August 2019.
15 hours ago 01:03 Jack Walters Boris Johnson cut off mid-sentence during Good Friday Agreement Britain’s Prime Minister was cut off by staff at the White House while talking about Ulster and the Good Friday Agreement.
One can be heard loudly interrupting Mr Johnson mid-sentence by saying: “Okay, great thank you.” Others then joined in by telling journalists “let’s go”.
In a clip that has circulated on social media, one reporter was asked by a colleague what the Prime Minister had said.
“I have no idea,” he replied.
MOMENTS AGO: Staff orders news media to leave The White House as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks mid-sentence pic.twitter.com/MXg2m0o1hq
u2014 Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 21, 2021 15 hours ago 00:22 Jack Walters ‘Closest of partners’ PM champions special relationship on White House visit.Boris Johnson, 57, has championed the special relationship between the United Kingdom and United States during his visit to the White House.
The Prime Minister posted a snap of US President Joe Biden putting his arm around Mr Johnson to his Twitter account.
The photo was accompanied by a caption that added: “The UK and US are staunch allies and the closest partners.
“We will stand side-by-side to protect our people and defend our values around the world.”
The UK and US are staunch allies and the closest of partners.
We will stand side-by-side to protect our people and defend our values around the world.
u2014 Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 21, 2021 17 hours ago 23:05 Tara Fair Prime minister downbeat despite reports of a possible US, Mexico and Canada deal BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg has commented on the peculiarly downbeat disposition of the prime minister when talking about the trade deal.
It is understood that, in a move spearheaded by Liz Truss, the Government is considering joining a trade pact with the US, Mexico and Canada rather than pursuing their own separate deal.
This would be in an attempt to accelerate a process which Boris Johnson has admitted may not be agreed upon by the next general election.
What was intriguing earlier was even tho PM was v downbeat about prospects of a trade deal, a source familiar with govt thinking says itu2019s considering joining trade pact with US, Mexico and Canada, rather pursuing a separate deal
u2014 Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) September 21, 2021 17 hours ago 22:56 Tara Fair Biden suggests ban on British lamb could soon be over US President Joe Biden has raised prospects that the ban on British lamb in the US could be lifted.
The president’s comment came after prime minister Boris Johnson welcomed “great progress” already made on trade, with the ban on British beef imports lifted.
The US president added: “And we’re going to be working on lamb, too.”
17 hours ago 22:37 Tara Fair Joe Biden feels ‘very strongly’ about Northern Ireland President Joe Biden has said he feels “very strongly” about the situation in Northern Ireland and does not want to see a hard border between the north and the Republic.
Mr Biden, who considers himself five eighths Irish, said an enormous amount of time and effort had been put into peace negotiations in the region by the United States.
The prime minister responded: “On that point, we are we are completely at one, and I think nobody wants to see anything that interrupts or unbalances the Belfast Good Friday Agreement.”
Joe Biden feels ‘very strongly’ about Northern Ireland (Image: GETTY) 17 hours ago 22:34 Tara Fair Biden refuses to be drawn on whether UK is still at the ‘back of the queue’ for a trade deal Asked whether Britain was still “at the back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US, the president replied that a US UK trade deal would be a topic of discussion in today’s meeting.
17 hours ago 22:32 Tara Fair Biden and Johnson bond over trains Boris Johnson and Joe Biden have bonded over public transport during their first meeting as world leaders.
Mr Johnson travelled to The White House on the Amtrack train which Mr Biden is famed to have used during his time as a senator.
17 hours ago 22:25 Tara Fair Climate will be at the core of our cooperation, repeats Biden President Joe Biden has reiterated that the climate crisis will be at the heart of US and UK cooperation moving forward.
18 hours ago 22:05 Tara Fair Britain considering joining trade pact with US, Canada and Mexico Britain is understood to be considering whether to join a trade pact with the US, Mexico and Canada.
New Foreign Secretary Liz Truss raised the stalled negotiations with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken when they met in New York during the UN General Assembly yesterday.
Ms Truss is understood to have questioned whether that position is tenable in the long term and has considered other routes to improving trading ties with the States.
She was understood to be considering the possibility of the UK joining the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement as an alternative route to break through the stalled talks.
A diplomatic source said: “There are a variety of different ways to do this.The question is whether the US administration is ready.
“The ball is in the US’s court – it takes two to tango.”
Britain considering joining trade pact with US, Canada and Mexico (Image: GETTY) 18 hours ago 21:50 Tara Fair Boris Johnson arrives at The White House Boris Johnson has arrived at The White House to meet US president Joe Biden.
The world leaders are due to discuss a range of issues including a US trade agreement, Afghanistan and climate change in the Oval office within the next ten minutes.
Today marks the first time Mr Johnson and Mr Biden have met since the latter came to power.
Boris Johnson arrives at The White House (Image: SKY) 18 hours ago 21:34 Tara Fair China commits to carbon neutrality by 2060 President Xi Jinping has told the UN China is committed to the “harmony between man and nature” and its transmission to a green economy.
Last year China said they will see their carbon dioxide emissions peak before 2030, before going carbon neural by 2060.
President Xi Jinping reaffirmed this target in his speech today, saying it would take a “tremendous” amount of work but that China would “make every effort to reach these goals”.
Despite being one of the world’s biggest polluters, it is not yet known if China will attend COP26 or cooperate internationally to avoid the climate crisis.
19 hours ago 21:08 Tara Fair Biden has ‘a lot of fish to fry,’ says Johnson Boris Johnson has downplayed the prospect of getting a trade deal with America before the next general election.
This raises the possibility that the Vote Leave figurehead could leave Downing Street without achieving a key ambition for the post-Brexit era.
Mr Johnson admitted he did not think trade negotiations were a priority for the US president, who he commented has “a lot of fish to fry”.
Asked if he would get the deal by 2024, the Prime Minister told Sky News: “We will keep going with free trade deals around the world including in the United States.
“I have plenty of reason to be optimistic about that.But the Americans do negotiate very hard.”
19 hours ago 20:59 Tara Fair Boris Johnson welcomes end of ‘curious ban’ on British beef imports Boris Johnson has welcomed the end of the “curious ban” on imports of British beef while meeting with vice president Kamala Harris.
Asked whether there would be awkwardness when he meets President Biden at the White House over Afghanistan, the Prime Minister told the BBC that relations between the UK and US were “about as good as they’d been for a very long time”.
Mr Johnson explained: “We all came out here two years ago.Today, we’ve ended the ban on British beef; we’ve ended the tariffs on Scotch whisky.
“We’ve just had a very important announcement that UK travellers can come to the US if they’ve been double vaccinated.
“Things are working very, very well.”
19 hours ago 20:56 Tara Fair ‘Today is a good day for the world,’ says Johnson On climate change, Mr Johnson added: “I just want to say, Madame Vice President, Kamala, on climate change I think that today was a really good day for the world.
“And I thank the US government and President Biden for the steps you’ve taken to reassure the world that America is committed to helping to tackle climate change.”
‘Today is a good day for the world,’ says Johnson (Image: GETTY) 19 hours ago 20:45 Tara Fair Johnson praises US effort to airlift vulnerable people from Kabul Boris Johnson said it was a “great honour and privilege” to meet the US vice president as he praised the co-operation between the US and UK military on the Afghanistan evacuation effort.
He said: “Madame Vice President it’s a great honour and privilege for me to be here to meet you for the first time.
“I’ve heard a lot about you but it’s fantastic to be here and I want to thank the US government, your government, for the many ways in which we are co-operating now I think at a higher and more intense level than at any time I can remember.
“I want to signal out the amazing work, the brave work, of the US military is helping the Kabul airlift.”
Johnson praises US effort to airlift vulnerable people from Kabul (Image: GETTY) 19 hours ago 20:35 Tara Fair Removal of travel ban ‘great improvement’ says Johnson Boris Johnson has told US vice president Kamala Harris the removal of the blanket travel ban on UK tourists travelling to America under Covid restrictions was a “great improvement”.
Stood at podiums in the vice president’s office in the White House complex, the Prime Minister said: “On trade we are seeing real progress.”
He also thanked the US for the “great improvement on the previous arrangement” for allowing full vaccinated Britons to visit again.
Mr Johnson welcomed the additional contribution to the 100 billion dollar pledge to tackle climate change made by president Joe Biden.
“Today was a great day for the world,” Mr Johnson said.
“It was,” Ms Harris agreed.
19 hours ago 20:19 Tara Fair Working with Biden ‘a breath of fresh air’ says Johnson Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described working with President Joe Biden on climate change as “a breath of fresh air” compared to how it was with former President Donald Trump.
Speaking on NBC Mr Johnson said: “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.
“And he wants to cut CO2, he wants to get to net zero by 2050, and he shares with me, a basic view that you can do this without penalizing the economy.”
20 hours ago 20:09 Tara Fair Boris Johnson arrives for meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris Boris Johnson has arrived at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for his meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris.
The meeting is a precursor to Mr Johnson’s meeting with US President Joe Biden later this evening.
After meeting Mr Biden and Ms Harris in the White House, Mr Johnson will have dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Washington.
WATCH: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for a meeting with U.S.
Vice President Kamala [email protected] @BorisJohnson @VP @KamalaHarris pic.twitter.com/mTkt63ziIz
u2014 Toby Capion (@TobyCapion) September 21, 2021 20 hours ago 19:51 Tara Fair Bezos and Bolsonaro amongst figures Johnson met today ahead of talks with Biden Boris Johnson will soon meet with Joe Biden for the first time since the US president came to office.
So far on his trip, Mr Johnson has met Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, Martin Griffiths representing UN Humanitarian and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
In New York for #UNGA the Prime Minister had meetings with:
President @JairBolsonaro of Brazil
President @moonriver365 of the Republic of Korea
Martin Griffiths @UNOCHA
@JeffBezos , founder of @amazon pic.twitter.com/AOUemA5Nzs
u2014 UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) September 21, 2021 20 hours ago 19:34 Tara Fair Johnson admits Afghanistan crisis should have been handled differently Boris Johnson is expected to discuss the stalled trade talks with Joe Biden, as well as what further efforts they can take to address the looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister admitted Britain and the US could have taken a different course over the withdrawal of troops of Afghanistan.
Speaking on NBC, Mr Johnson said: “America has been there for 20 years and it’s a respectable argument to say that enough is enough.
“Look, I mean, could we have done it a bit differently? Maybe we could.”
The Prime Minister had pleaded with the president to push back his US troop withdrawal deadline after the Taliban marched back to power August 15.
However, president Biden rejected the request.
This resulted in thousands of vulnerable Afghans who worked for the UK and their families being left behind.
Johnson admits Afghanistan crisis should have been handled differently (Image: GETTY) 20 hours ago 19:15 Tara Fair Biden snubs UK AGAIN saying US has ‘no closer or more reliable ally’ than Australia US president Joe Biden has snubbed the UK for the second time today after saying the states have “no closer or more reliable ally” than Australia.
The statement comes hours before Boris Johnson is due to meet the president at the White House later this evening throwing the ‘special relationship’ into question.
During his speech to the UN earlier today, Mr Biden raised eyebrows by not including the UK in a list of America’s closest allies.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with the US president today, days after unveiling the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal that led to a diplomatic blow-up with France.
The UK, Australia and the US formed the security pact to develop and deploy a new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, adding to the Western military presence in the Pacific region.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets with US President Joe Biden (Image: GETTY) 21 hours ago 18:47 Tara Fair ‘Really, really tiny’: Biden’s pledge does not go far enough, claims Monbiot George Monbiot, environmentalist and Guardian columnist, has slammed president Joe Biden’s pledge to increase financial aid to poor countries to help them battle climate change.
Speaking on Sky’s Climate Show, he said the $11.4billion did not go far enough or account for the huge climate debt which big countries owed smaller ones for producing huge amounts of green house gases.
Mr Monbiot said: “Any increment in money is good, but it’s still, I mean it sounds like a lot but it is really, really tiny, when you think of all the nations which are already suffering climate crises right now.
“And they are going to suffer much worse climate crises as a result, primarily, of the greenhouse gases that the rich nations have produced so we did this to them.”
‘We did this to them’ claims Monbiot (Image: SKY) 21 hours ago 18:38 Tara Fair Biden’s announcement to increase climate funding ‘significant’ Joe Biden’s speech marks a hugely “significant” moment of change, according to Tina Stege, Marshall Islands Climate Envoy.
The US Geological Survey has forecast that some of the Marshall Islands will be entirely submerged by 2035 as a result of climate change.
In his landmark speech to the UN, the US president pledged the nation would double funds by 2024 to $11.4billion per year to go towards helping developing nations deal with climate change.
Commenting on Mr Biden’s speech, Ms Stege told Sky’s Climate Show: “I breathed a huge sigh of relief and I was energised, because this announcement is significant.
“It gets us so much closer to where we need to be and I just think we now have some momentum in the next few weeks going forward to COP26.”
Biden’s announcement to increase climate funding ‘significant’ (Image: SKY) 21 hours ago 18:24 Tara Fair Johnson arrives in Washington ahead of meeting with Biden Boris Johnson has arrived at Washington DC’s Union Station ahead of his meeting with president Joe Biden at the White House.
Speaking at the station, Mr Johnson said : “This is very good news in the sense the United States has stepped up to the plate with a massive contribution.
“That’s a very, very good start.
“It means we’re a long way towards the goal we need to achieve, but there’s still a long way to go.”There’s no question that this American action today has been a big lift and will really help us to get there.”
22 hours ago 18:04 Tara Fair ‘We shouldn’t be surprised that the special relationship is bruised,’ says The relationship between the US and UK is damaged but not irreparable, according to Greg Swenson, Chair of Republicans Overseas UK.
He pointed to issues such as Brexit, Afghanistan and Ireland as causing a significant rift between the two powers.
However, he claims Mr Biden and Mr Johnson had a lot of similarities which may see them through.
Big spending and concern over the climate crisis could be two issues which unite the leaders moving forward.
‘We shouldn’t be surprised that the special relationship is bruised…Biden has always been very critical of Brexit…the disaster in Afghanistan was a complete insult.’
Chair of Republicans Overseas UK @_GregSwenson chats to Alex Phillips about the future of US-UK relations.pic.twitter.com/K7CpiXuz9j
u2014 GB News (@GBNEWS) September 21, 2021 22 hours ago 17:46 Tara Fair Mixed responses from climate campaigners on Biden’s climate finance promise Joe Biden’s announcement that the US will double funds by 2024 to $11.4billion per year to go towards helping developing nations deal with climate change.
“Climate finance is a central tenet of the Paris Agreement and the US is taking an important step toward making good on its share of responsibility to meet the $100billion commitment,” said Helen Mountford, vice president for Climate and Economics at the World Resources Institute.
However, as the US is the world’s second largest greenhouse gas emitter, other campaigners have complained the pledge is still woefully inadequate.
“The US is still woefully short of what it owes and this needs to be increased urgently,” said Mohamed Adow, director of Power Shift Africa.
22 hours ago 17:35 Tara Fair ‘We stand at an inflection point in history,’ repeats the president Joe Biden has taken his speech to the UN as an opportunity to highlight that he believes we are experiencing a hugely significant moment in history.
Throughout his speech he stressed that compounding crises, though devastating, should be used as an opportunity for global cooperation.
Mr Biden said: “Here at the dawning of what must be a decisive decade for our world, our global community is challenged by urgent and looming crises.
“But in those crises lie enormous opportunities, if we can summon the will and resolve to seize them.”
“We stand at an inflection point in history.”
Here at the dawning of what must be a decisive decade for our world, our global community is challenged by urgent and looming crises.
But in those crises lie enormous opportunities, if we can summon the will and resolve to seize them.
We stand at an inflection point in history.
u2014 President Biden (@POTUS) September 21, 2021 22 hours ago 17:21 Tara Fair Boris Johnson celebrates climate cash injection from the US The Prime Minister has taken to Twitter to celebrate Joe Biden’s promise to pour more money into solving the climate crisis.
Boris Johnson said: “Fantastic that @POTUS has confirmed the United States will double the cash it spends to help vulnerable countries tackle climate change.
“The UK and the US are leading the fight to protect our planet – this is exactly the momentum we need ahead of @COP26 .”
Fantastic that @POTUS has confirmed the United States will double the cash it spends to help vulnerable countries tackle climate change.
The UK and the US are leading the fight to protect our planet u2013 this is exactly the momentum we need ahead of @COP26 .
u2014 Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 21, 2021 23 hours ago 17:01 Tara Fair Johnson refuses to commit to securing US trade deal ahead of Biden meeting The prime minister has refused to commit to securing a post-Brexit trade deal with the US by the next election.
Speaking ahead of his talks with Joe Biden in the White House later today, Boris Johnson told Sky News he had “plenty of reason to be optimistic” about getting the free trade agreement (FTA) but stressed that the Americans “do negotiate very hard”.
23 hours ago 16:45 Tara Fair Number 10 welcomes US climate change announcement Number 10 has welcomed the US President’s announcement that they will be doubling funding to help poorer countries tackle climate change.
A Number 10 spokesman said: “The prime minister obviously welcomes the financial commitment that the president has just made on tackling climate change.
“You heard the PM yesterday calling for developed countries to put more money forward in regard to this.”
In April, Joe Biden said he would double the nation’s annual contribution – and in his speech at the UN today he said this figure would double again to $11billion.
The announcement will help rich nations meet a long-promised goal of delivering $100billion a year to help developing countries deal with the climate crisis – something Boris Johnson called for at a roundtable meeting yesterday.
23 hours ago 16:31 Tara Fair Biden stresses the importance of supporting LGBTQI individuals President Joe Biden has called for the international community to support LGBTQI individuals moving forward.
He said it is important that this group feel they can “live and love openly without fear”.
23 hours ago 16:28 Tara Fair More than 100 nations to support the people of Afghanistan amid human rights violations President Joe Biden has detailed how 100 nations have united around a shared statement and the Security Council adopted a resolution which outlines how the powers will support the people of Afghanistan moving forward.
The resolution lays out the expectations to which they will hold the Taliban.
When it comes to respecting universal human rights, Mr Biden said they all wish to advocate for women.
He said the rights of women and girls must be respected so they can use their full talents to contribute economically, politically and socially so they can pursue their dreams free of violence and intimidation.
23 hours ago 16:22 Tara Fair Our support for an independent Jewish state is unequivocal, says Biden Joe Biden has reaffirmed America’s commitment to a Jewish state but said the conflict is Israel would best be solved by creating a two state solution.
He said: “Our support for an independent Jewish state is unequivocal.
“But I continue to believe that a two state solution is the best way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish democratic state, living in peace alongside a viable sovereign and democratic Palestinian state.”
23 hours ago 16:18 Tara Fair Biden heralds new start of the ‘build back better world’ President Joe Biden has stressed the importance of a ‘build back better world’ in the aftermath of the global pademic.
He said transparent sustainable investment projects would be needed to respond to rampant inequality and corruption across the globe.
Mr Biden explained: “With transparent sustainable investment projects that respond to the country’s needs, and engage their local workers to maintain high labour and environmental standards, infrastructure can be a strong foundation of societies in low and middle income countries, to grow and to prosper.
“That’s the idea behind the build back better world.”
24 hours ago 16:10 Tara Fair Corruption is a national security threat, says Biden President Joe Biden has called corruption a national security threat.
He said across the globe, within countries whose governments are not serving the needs of the masses, there is growing discontent.
This discontent fuels extremism and expressions of their unhappiness which serves as a national security threat.
24 hours ago 16:08 Tara Fair Biden promises to remain world’s largest contributor of aid President Joe Biden has said he will work together with the private sector and the G7 partners to mobilise hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure investment.
“We also also continue to be the world’s largest contributor to humanitarian aid,” he added.
24 hours ago 16:03 Tara Fair Biden claims the US is better equipped to deal with terrorists attack than in the days of 9/11 President Joe Biden has stressed the US is far better equipped to deal with potential terror threats than they were 20 years ago at the time of the 9/11 attacks.
He said key ways to combat terrorist groups included targeting their finances and support systems, countering their propaganda, preventing new travel, and disrupting imminent attacks.
The president also stressed the importance of working in cooperation with local partners, so that they do not need not be so reliant on large scale military deployments – as seen in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Another key way of preventing terrorism is to increase the quality of life across the globe, according to President Biden.
24 hours ago 16:00 Tara Fair US to pursue complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula Joe Biden has repeated his intention to completely denuclearise the Korean Peninsula.
He explained that doing so would increase stability in the region and improve the lives of the people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
24 hours ago 15:55 Tara Fair We are not seeking a new Cold War, says Biden President Joe Biden has vowed the US will compete internationally and protect their allies, however, insists he has no interest in fostering a hostile international climate like that seen in the Cold War.
He said all the major powers of the world have a duty to carefully manage their relationships, so they do not tip from responsible competition to conflict.
President Biden said: “The United States will compete and will compete vigorously.
“We will lead with our values and our strength will stand up for our allies and our friends, and oppose attempts by stronger countries and dominate weaker ones, whether through changes to territory by force, economic coercion, technical exploitation or disinformation.
“But we’re not seeking, and I will say it again, we are not seeking a new Cold War, or a world divided into rigid blocks.”
He went on to say that the United States is ready to work with any nation that steps up and pursues peaceful resolution to share challenges “even if we have intense disagreements in other areas, because we’ll all suffer the consequences of our failure”.
24 hours ago 15:52 Tara Fair Biden acknowledges some technologies can be used as an oppressive tool President Joe Biden has reiterated his belief that the US must embrace technology while also acknowledging that some forms have the potential to be used for nefarious means.
He said: “We’ll work together with our democratic partners to ensure that new advances in areas from biotechnology to quantum computing, 5G, artificial intelligence and more are used to lift people up to solve problems and advance human freedom not to suppress dissent or target minority communities.”
24 hours ago 15:48 Tara Fair Biden announces increase in international financing President Joe Biden has increased his pledge to financially support lower economically developed countries combat the climate crisis.
He said: “In April, I announced the United States will double our public international financing to help developing nations tackle the climate crisis.
“Today, I’m proud to announce that we’ll work with the Congress to double that number again.
“Including for adaptation efforts to make the United States a leader in public climate finance, with our added support together with increased private capital, and other from other donors will be able to meet the goal of mobilising $100 billion to support climate action in developing nations as we deal with these crises.”
yesterday 15:42 Tara Fair President warns of ‘point of no return’ on the climate emergency President Joe Biden has stressed the urgency of the climate catastrophe in his speech, quoting the secretary general as calling it “code red for humanity”.
Mr Biden said: “Every nation needs to bring their highest possible ambitions to the table.
“When we meet in Glasgow, for COP26 and then have to keep raising our collective ambition, over time.
“In April, I announced for the United States an ambitious new goal under the Paris agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the United States by 50 to 52 percent.
“That is below 2005 levels by 2030, as we work toward achieving a clean energy economy with net zero emissions by 2050.”
yesterday 15:38 Tara Fair Biden updates international community on the work the US contribution to vaccines Biden reminded his audience that the United States has put more than $15billion toward global COVID-19 response.
They have shipped more than 160 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to other countries, including 130 million doses from their own supply.
He went on to explain the first half a billion doses of Pfizer vaccine donated through Covax has already landed in 100 countries.
The president referred to the vaccine as a “little dose of hope” and promised additional commitments to be announced tomorrow.
yesterday 15:35 Tara Fair Violence will be a last resort for Biden’s administration President Joe Biden has promised violence will be a last resort for his administration, saying most modern problems cannot be solved via war.
He said: “Many of our greatest concerns cannot be solved or even addressed through the force of arms.
“Bombs and bullets cannot defend against COVID-19, or its future variants.
“To fight this pandemic, we need to collect the vaccine science and political will.”
yesterday 15:32 Tara Fair The US will defend ourselves against attack, vows Biden President Joe Biden has vowed to defend America and their allies against attacks from terrorists.
However, he went on to say that any mission must have a clear aim.
This is a nod to the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan which infamously had no clear objective – making it impossible to define success.
He said: “Make no mistake, the United States will continue to defend ourselves our allies and our interest against attack, including terrorist threats.
“As we prepare to use force if any is necessary, but to defend our vital US national interest, including against ongoing and imminent threats.
“But the mission must be clear, and achievable undertaking with informed consent of the American people – and whenever possible, in partnership with our allies.”
yesterday 15:23 Tara Fair Joe Biden snubs UK in speech praising key international allies President Joe Biden has explained that he has spent the last eight months of his tenure prioritising mending international alliances which were destroyed during the Trump era.
He said: “We have reaffirmed our sacred NATO Alliance, the Article Five commitment.
“We’re working with our allies toward a new strategic concept that will help our alliance better take on evolving threats of today and tomorrow.
We have renewed our engagement with the European Union – a fundamental partner in tackling the full range of significant issues facing our world today.
“We elevated required partnership among Australia, India, Japan and the United States will take on challenges ranging from health security to climate to emerging technologies.”
yesterday 15:17 Tara Fair Ending the Afghan war and opening a new era of relentless diplomacy President Joe Biden has explained how he will replace the conflict in Afghanistan with a new era of diplomacy and peace.
Mr Biden said: “As we close this period of relentless war, we’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy.
“Of using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world, renewing and defending democracy, proving that no matter how challenging, or how complex the problems are going to face government by and for the people, is still the best way to deliver for all of our people.
“As United States turns our focus to the priorities, and the regions of the world, like the Indo Pacific that are most consequential today and tomorrow we’ll do so with our allies and partners through cooperation of multilateral institutions like the United Nations to amplify our collective strength and speed.”
President Biden went on to say that he believed the international community’s futures were interconnected which will demand cooperation to thrive.
yesterday 15:14 Tara Fair Biden proposes a ‘more peaceful, prosperous future for all people’ President Joe Biden has presented his vision for America on the world stage by saying they will aim to create a “more peaceful, prosperous future for all people”.
Mr Biden said: “Simply put, we stand in my view at an inflection point in history, and I’m here today to share with you how the United States is tends to work with partners and allies to answer these questions, and the commitment of my new administration to help lead the world toward a more peaceful, prosperous future for all people.
“Instead of continuing to fight the wars of the past, we are fixing our eyes and devoting our resources to the challenges and hold the keys to our collective future.”
yesterday 15:10 Tara Fair Biden warns of a changing, more dangerous climate situation President Joe Biden has nodded to the devastating climate crisis and the litany of natural disasters which it has caused.
Mr Biden said: “When we meet the threat of challenging climate, the challenging climate we’re all feeling already ravaging every part of our world.
“With extreme weather, or will we suffer the merciless march of ever worsening droughts and floods or intense fires and hurricanes longer heat waves and rising seas.
He goes on to urge the international community to work together in the name of humanity in the face of this existential threat.
“Will we affirm and uphold the human dignity and human rights under which nations and common cause more than seven decades ago formed this institution – we apply, and strengthen the core tenants of Internet of the international system, including the UN Charter,” he added.
yesterday 15:07 Tara Fair ‘Decisive decade of the world’ says Biden in major speech President Joe Biden has heralded the start of new decade of cooperation saying the many crises will serve as an opportunity to work together.
Mr Biden said: “In this pandemic our shared grief is a poignant reminder that our collective future will hinge on our ability to recognise our common humanity, and to act together.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is the clear and urgent choice that we face here at the dawning of what must be a decisive decade for our world.
“A decade that will quite literally determine our futures as a global community.
“We’re challenged by urgent looming crises, wherein lie enormous opportunities, if, if we can summon the will and resolve to seize these opportunities.”
yesterday 14:38 Francesca Edwards UN Secretary General warns climate is ‘ringing at fever pitch’ UN Secretary General Antonie Guterres kicked off the debate by telling the UN General Assembly that the alarm over climate change is “ringing at fever pitch.”
He added: “We see warning signs in every continent and region, scorching temperatures, shocking biodiversity loss, polluted air, water, and natural spaces, climate-related disasters at every turn.”
He warned that UN climate talks in Glasgow were just weeks away, but the world was “light-years away from reaching our targets”.
He urged leaders not to wait for others to make the first move but to do their part and called for action to cut emissions, provide finance for poorer countries, and efforts to help people adapt to inevitable climate change.
yesterday 14:31 Francesca Edwards Protestors ‘should pay the price’ Boris Johnson said protestors who are blocking motorways “are breaking the law and should pay the price.”
Insulate Britain protests blocked the M25 for the fifth time in just over a week this morning before they were moved on by police.
Police arrived within just three minutes to this morning’s protests which were reported at 8 am and by 8.17 am the protestors had been removed and the roads reopened.
u2018These people are breaking the law and they should pay the priceu2019
Boris Johnson comments on the Insulate Britain protests which has seen protesters blocking the M25.pic.twitter.com/MjQfKNGh8g
u2014 GB News (@GBNEWS) September 21, 2021 yesterday 14:10 Francesca Edwards Boris Johnson declined to commit to free trade deal Boris Johnson declined to commit to getting a free trade deal with the US by the next election.
Speaking to Sky News he said: “We will keep going with free trade deals around the world, including in the United States.
“I have plenty of reason to be optimistic about that.But the Americans do negotiate very hard.”
Asked if he may not get it done by the end of his premiership, he said: “We’re going to go as fast as we can.”
yesterday 14:00 Francesca Edwards Debate due to start shortly The United Nations General Assembly debate is due to start soon.
President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro will address the debate first followed by President Joe Biden.
You can watch it in six different languages via UN Web TV.
ud83cudfacThe 76th #UNGA debate is LIVE NOW.
u2014 UN Web TV (@UNWebTV) September 21, 2021 yesterday 13:57 Francesca Edwards Biden confirms agenda to tackle climate change President Biden also confirmed his agenda will create millions of jobs by “dealing with the existential threat of climate change.”
He added: “There is simply no more time to waste.You see it every day.”
Yesterday Boris Johnson warned world leaders were doing “nowhere near enough” to deal with climate change.
yesterday 13:51 Francesca Edwards Biden outlines ‘Build Back Better agenda’ in social media video Ahead of his speech at the UN General Assembly President Biden has shared a video on social media about America’s Covid recovery.
In the video, Mr Biden said, “in today’s America, the rich are getting richer, and working people are paying the price.”
He continued to say that it’s “enough” and the “wealthy should pay their fair share” and outlined how the administration will do so in the US’s ‘Build Back Better agenda’.
Itu2019s not enough just to build back to the way things were before the pandemic u2013 itu2019s time to build back better.
u2014 President Biden (@POTUS) September 21, 2021 yesterday 13:19 Francesca Edwards Kuenssberg warns trade deal won’t happen ‘anytime soon’ The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg has warned that the UK is not likely to strike a trade deal with the US “anytime soon”.
She told Radio 4’s Today programme this administration has “a very different attitude to the previous Trump one” in terms of a trade deal.
READ MORE: BBC’s Kuenssberg warns UK US trade deal isn’t happening ‘anytime soon’ | Politics | News | Express.co.uk
yesterday 13:05 Francesca Edwards ‘Sweet reasoning’ behind UK vaccine take up In his interview with NBC in New York Boris Johnson said “sweet reasoning” and “persuasion” were behind the high take-up of the coronavirus vaccination in the UK.
President Joe Biden has ordered that all US companies employing more than 100 people must require their staff to be fully vaccinated or have weekly Covid tests in a bit to increase vaccines.
Mr Johnson said: “Different strokes for different folks, okay? It’s up to different countries to decide how they want to approach this.This is a very controversial area, people feel very strongly about not having the state mandate something.
“In my country, we’re great lovers of liberty, we’ve had to do it by sweet reasoning and persuasion, and that’s working.”
yesterday 12:21 Francesca Edwards Afghanistan withdrawal could have been handles differently, admits PM Boris Johnson has admitted the withdrawel of western forces from Afghanistan could have been done differently.
During and interview with NBC in New York the Prime Minister was asked about the withdrawal and said: “Could we have done it a bit different? Maybe we could.”
But he said it was understandable that the US has chosen to end their 20-year presence.
yesterday 11:55 Francesca Edwards ‘Future generations utterly depend’ on world leaders to act In a video posted on social media, Boris Johnson has stressed his message that richer countries must act on climate change saying “we must get it right”.
The PM reminded viewers that “we haven’t got much time left” until COP26 which takes place at the start of November in Glasgow.
Mr Johnson said: “History will judge us, and we can’t let them down.”
Future generations will judge us on our actions in the coming months.
We must not fail them.
@COP26 | #UNGA pic.twitter.com/3qpMdEVwrj
u2014 Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 21, 2021 yesterday 11:43 Francesca Edwards Not the first time Boris and Biden have met Although this will be the first time Boris Johnson and Joe Biden meet in The White House, the two leaders have met before.
The pair met for the first time in June this year at the G7 summit in Cornwall, the President’s first overseas trip since taking office.
During their first meeting, President Biden confessed “I’m very pleased to be here.”
Joe Biden and Boris Johnson in June this year (Image: PA) yesterday 11:33 Francesca Edwards What will Biden say in his speech? President Biden will attempt to defend his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in his speech at the UN later, arguing it was needed to pivot US policy to focus on global challenge from China and climate change.
In his speech to the U.N.General Assembly, Biden will “lay out the case for why the next decade will determine our future, not just for the United States but for the global community, and he will talk…about the importance of re-establishing our alliances after the last several years,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
yesterday 11:25 Francesca Edwards Biden’s team set out lines for striking a trade deal Joe Biden’s US administration has outlined the red lines for striking a trade deal with the UK.
Newly appointed International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan held talks with her US counterpart Katherine Tai yesterday to discuss the agreement.
Ms Tai stressed the importance of protecting the Good Friday Agreement after President Biden took a keen interest due to his Irish ancestry.
READ MORE: Biden explains his red lines for ‘striking’ US UK trade deal | Politics | News | Express.co.uk
yesterday 10:57 Francesca Edwards Morrison won’t meet with French President this week Australian PM Scott Morrison said he will not speak with the French president in New York this week even though French anger over cancellation of a $40 billion defence contract could threaten an Australian-EU trade deal.
As the AUKUS deal was announced Australia confirmed it was scrapping a deal with France’s Naval Group to build a fleet of conventional submarines.
France accused both Australia and the United States of stabbing it in the back, and it recalled its ambassadors from both Canberra and Washington.
Joe Biden has sought to speak to Emmanual Macron to ease the tension but Morrison said “there is not an opportunity at this time.”
yesterday 10:36 Francesca Edwards Boris Johnson to have dinner with Australian PM After his meeting with Joe Biden, Boris Johnson is said to be “dashing” off to the Australian Embassy in Washington to have dinner with Australian PM Scott Morrison.
Last week all three leaders announced the historic trilateral AUKUS project which will fund nuclear-powered submarines in the Indo-Pacific.
Boris Johnson said the partnership will join the three nations “even more closely together.”
yesterday 10:26 Francesca Edwards Biden to address world leaders President Biden will speak at the UN General Assembly later today.
There he is expected to announce his long-term plans for tackling climate change and defend the withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years.
Mr Biden could also mention Covid recovery and vaccinations after the US confirmed it would reopen to travellers in November.
yesterday 09:50 Francesca Edwards Will I be allowed in the US with an AstraZeneca jab? Chief medical advisor Dr Anthony Fauci confirmed today that British travellers who have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca jab will be allowed into the US.
The US announced yesterday that the travel ban will be lifted from November, although an exact date is yet to be confirmed.
Mr Fauci told was asked if he expects that anyone who has had a vaccine approved by the UK Government will be able to travel to the US.
Dr Fauci told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I can’t account for every vaccine that has been approved by the UK.
“I am not sure about all of them but the specific one about AZ, given that we have a substantial amount of information on the AZ vaccine – again without being definitive about it – I would predict that there would not be a problem there.
“The final decision goes with the CDC.”
yesterday 09:26 Francesca Edwards Trade deal between two nations ‘unlikely’ Boris Johnson has admitted that a fast trade deal between the UK and the US is “unlikely”.
The Prime Minister said he would rather get “a deal that really works for the UK than get a quick deal” and added that he has “a lot of fish to fry”.
yesterday 09:15 Francesca Edwards Liz Truss raises Harry Dunn case with US Secretary of State Liz Truss has raised the case of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn with the US secretary of state Antony Blinken whilst in New York.
The 19-year-old’s mother, Charlotte Charles, told the PA news agency she was “grateful” to Liz Truss.
Mr Dunn was killed when a car crashed into his motorbike outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in August 2019 but suspect Anne Sacoolas, 44, had diplomatic immunity asserted on her behalf by the US government and was able to leave the UK 19 days after the crash.
Speaking ahead of the meeting Liz Truss said: “Words are all well and good but it is high time that justice is now delivered.They will never be able to move on but it is more important now than ever for their mental health that they begin to move forward.”
yesterday 08:53 Francesca Edwards Rich nations have ‘duty to help developing countries’, says PM Speaking to world leaders Boris Johnson told them he is growing “increasingly frustrated” at their efforts to tackle climate change.
Co-hosting a meeting yesterday Mr Johnson said he wants to get countries to commit to giving $100bn a year to help support developing countries cut their carbon emissions.
But on the flight to the US, he admitted to reporters that there was only a “six out of ten chance” that this would happen before the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.
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Iu2019m calling on leaders to meet our $100bn pledge to the worldu2019s poorest.#UNGA pic.twitter.com/so6MVMcJip
u2014 Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 20, 2021 yesterday 08:39 Francesca Edwards PM meets with world leaders Downing Street said that Boris Johnson had discussed the situation in Afghanistan with both Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
A spokesperson said the leaders “thanked one another” for their support in the evacuations and outlined their priorities.
On the meeting with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, they added: “The Prime Minister and Amir agreed on the importance of the international community working together to uphold stability and prevent a humanitarian crisis in the region.
“The Prime Minister underscored that any recognition of the Taliban should be conditional on them respecting human rights and allowing safe passage to those who want to leave the country.”
Boris Johnson meets with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (Image: PA) yesterday 08:20 Francesca Edwards Biden pleding more would be ‘huge poltical coup’ Politico reports that Boris’s camp would see Biden pledging double to climate finance as a “huge political coup”.
Yesterday the Prime Minister called for richer countries to pledge more to support poorer nations to tackle climate change and reduce emissions.
Climate Change Minister Alok Sharma said: “A good announcement from the U.S.
will make a difference in terms of getting us over the line.”.