More than four months into his tenure in the White House, President Joe Biden will finally make his first overseas trip.
The president is scheduled to visit the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Switzerland on the week-long visit to Europe to speak directly with both allied and rival leaders, Fox News reports.
His overseas trip will reportedly commence shortly after Vice President Kamala Harris returns from her own first foray outside of the United States in her role, as she will meet in person with the leaders of Guatemala and Mexico as part of her diplomatic task to address the “root causes” of northward migration from Central America.
G7 summit in the U.K.
According to a White House statement issued Thursday, President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will head to the U.K. first for a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on June 10 and work to strengthen the “special relationship” enjoyed by the two nations.
Following that, Biden will attend the G7 summit in Cornwall that is scheduled for June 11-13 to discuss issues like post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, multilateralism, public health concerns, and, of course, the shared values of democracy.
He will reportedly also hold bilateral meetings with several of the leaders of the other G7 nations during the summit.
The queen’s invitation
Once the G7 summit has concluded, the president and first lady will honor and accept the invitation extended to them to meet with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, according to the Washington Examiner.
Biden will be the 13th U.S. president to meet with the queen since she ascended to the throne in 1953, with the only president in those several decades who didn’t meet personally with her being former President Lyndon B. Johnson.
The Examiner noted that, given Biden’s proclivity for uttering verbal gaffes, all eyes will be watching closely to see if he accidentally violates the carefully choreographed protocols that are involved in an audience with Britain’s reigning monarch.
Summits with NATO, the EU, and Putin
The White House statement noted that once the meeting with Queen Elizabeth concludes, the first lady will return to the U.S. while President Biden continues on to Brussels, Belgium for a NATO summit on June 14 followed by a U.S.-European Union summit the next day, during which many topics of international interest will be discussed and bilateral talks with other allied leaders will be held.
Capping off Biden’s first trip overseas will be a visit to Geneva, Switzerland on June 16 to not only meet with Swiss leaders but also hold a bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which will likely garner the most international media attention.
It will be a busy week for Biden with so many summits and bilateral meetings crammed into a handful of days, and it will be interesting to see how he handles it and whether he represents the U.S. well or commits any embarrassing faux pas or gaffes that could potentially render him a laughingstock on the global stage.