WATCH: President Biden and UK Prime Minister Johnson promise climate option
US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson underscored their commitment to tackling climate change on Tuesday, during a White House meeting after the two addressed the United Nations General Assembly earlier during the day.
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Biden said he made it clear in his speech to the UN that “the climate must be the main area of action for all of us.”
Johnson praised Biden for putting the issue so high on his agenda, saying “it’s fantastic to see the United States really step up and show a lead, a real, real lead.”
The British Prime Minister also thanked Biden for working to lift the ban on British beef and travel for Europeans who received two doses of the COVID vaccine.
He briefly referred in his remarks to the new security alliance that paved the way for the submarine deal sparking diplomatic conflicts between the United States and France.
Johnson said the creation of the alliance, dubbed AUKUS, has “great potential to benefit the whole world.” The British leader made no mention of the French tumult.
The two leaders are also linked through their mutual love of trains. Biden rode Amtrak almost daily between his home in Wilmington, Delaware and Washington during his 36 years as a United States Senator.
Johnson hopped on an Amtrak train in New York on Tuesday to travel to the meeting with Biden.
“You got off on Amtrak, didn’t you?” Biden asked Johnson during their Oval Office meeting.
Johnson replied that he had. “And you are a living deity on Amtrak, I can tell you that,” he replied.
Biden joked that he had driven so many miles on Amtrak – millions, he says, an Amtrak driver once told him – that “if I were a driver I would be number one in terms seniority “.
Asked about the Northern Ireland protocols, Biden warned Johnson that he was “very strongly” that there should be no change to the agreements, resulting in a border closure.
“I would not like to see at all nor, I might add, many of my fellow Republicans would like to see a change in Irish records and the end result, having a narrow border again,” Biden said.