Rabat – American President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson enjoyed a breakfast together during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Sunday, August 25.
Over a meal of scrambled eggs and veal sausages, the two blond leaders had much to discuss. With the UK’s looming exit from the EU, set for October 31, the prime minister and the president want to agree on a trade deal.
Descending from a spiral staircase with Boris Johnson, Trump first asked reporters if they knew who Boris is. “You know who this is? Does everybody know?” he asked, before predicting Boris would be a “fantastic prime minister.”
Trump remained on the last step of the staircase, highlighting the height difference between the two men. Johnson quickly returned to the last stair and spoke optimistically. “We’re going to do a fantastic deal, once we clear up some of the obstacles in our path.”
A deal, Trump said, could be agreed “pretty quickly.” He also called the EU an anchor around Britain’s ankle.
At the G7 summit are some of the world’s most powerful countries: the US, Canada, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan. Russia has not been part of the group, previously known as the G8, since 2014.
Three countries that are not part of the G7 have been prominent in the summit’s discussions: Iran, China, and Brazil.
France invited the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to Biarritz. The delegation from the US, whose relations with Iran are tense, were reportedly surprised. Although Zarif met with French President Emmanuel Macron, he did not meet with Trump.
The US’s escalating trade war with China was also a focus of the summit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she hoped the two countries could come to an understanding. “We have all interest to find a solution and would be very glad if an agreement could be found between China and the US.”
After worldwide attention came to forest fires in Brazil, Macron announced a fund to combat the fires. The $20 million emergency fund will be for countries in the Amazon.