Joe Biden met with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in the Oval Office on Thursday and immediately began rambling about the Truman Balcony.
This is the first time Rishi Sunak has visited the White House visit.
The two leaders discussed Ukraine and the US’s partnership with the UK.
However, the meeting took an awkward turn when Biden began rambling about the Truman balcony.
“If we had time, I would take you to the residence where I [unintelligible] and when you were over… President Truman was there because they were redoing the White House – put a whole new Truman balcony…so any rate..” Biden said.
Biden even managed to forget Winston Churchill’s name.
“The former Prime Minister like to take baths up there…anyway..” Biden added.
As CNN reported:
Sunak came into the meeting with major economic priorities, including a push for closer investment links and more resilient supply chains.
He’s also expected to deliver a pitch on making Britain a world leader in developing and regulating artificial intelligence – an area that a British official said was “very much on the prime minister’s mind” and that Biden’s aides are also watching closely.
Because of Britain’s exit from the EU, the country has been left out of talks with the US and Europe on the emerging technology. Sunak, who studied in Silicon Valley and viewed tech as a key issue, is proposing a summit meeting in the fall to discuss AI.
Ahead of the visit, Sunak cast his economic objectives as directly linked to the security agenda.
“The UK and US have always worked in lockstep to protect our people and uphold our way of life. As the challenges and threats we face change, we need to build an alliance that also protects our economies,” he said.
“Just as interoperability between our militaries has given us a battlefield advantage over our adversaries, greater economic interoperability will give us a crucial edge in the decades ahead.”
According to US and UK officials, not on the agenda is a new bilateral trade deal, which had been discussed under former President Donald Trump but now remains on ice.
The broad agenda reflects the typically extensive list of issues between the two nations, whose partnership is nearly always described by their leaders as a “special relationship.”