Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron sealed their bromance on Saturday with a sit down by the sea as the French president lavished praise on his American counterpart.
Macron even got in a swipe at former President Donald Trump in his remarks, when he fawned over Biden as being ‘part of the club.’
‘What you demonstrate is that leadership is partnership. I think it’s great to have the US president part of the club, and very willing to cooperate,’ Macron said as Biden sat beside him, smiling and nodding.
The two men met on the sidelines of the G7 summit, which took place at the picturesque Cabris Bay in Southern England. The vibes between them were as warm as the sunny British day with Biden at times roaring his head back with laughter.
When reporters asked Biden if ‘America is back’ – the phrase the White House has used repeatedly on his trip – Biden pointed to Macron and said ‘ask him.’
‘Definitely,’ the French president responded.
President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron sealed their bromance with sit down by the sea
Macron praised Biden repeatedly in his remarks while Biden was just as effusive
President Biden chuckles at Macron’s words
The three day summit in Southern England has capped a closing period for both America and the world on Trump’s turbulent four years as president.
Trump often disagreed with his fellow leaders’, refused to sign their communiques, and bashed them on Twitter. At a 2019 NATO meeting, Trump said that Macron’s description of NATO as brain dead was insulting and a ‘very, very nasty statement.’
Macron stood by his comments as his previously warm relationship with Trump – he was one of two world leaders to get a state dinner during the Trump presidency – cooled.
But Biden was just as effusive about Macron on Saturday, showering him with warm words. Biden needs the support of France as he targets China’s labor practices, battles the coronavirus pandemic, and pushes for a global infrastructure deal.
‘The sun is shining, we’re on this beach, I’m well,’ Biden said. ‘And I’m with the president of France, that makes me even feel better.’
‘Things are going, I think, well and we’re – as we say back in the States – we’re on the same page,’ he noted.
The two leaders sparked attention on Friday when, after they posed for a family photo with other members of the G7, they walked off the beach location with their arms around each other.
The French president later posted to social media the video of an impromptu beach meeting the two had.
‘How that we are together, united, determined to make a difference, it’s time to deliver. I’m sure we will @JoeBiden,’ Macron tweeted after their friendly greeting.
Biden and first lady Jill Biden are wrapping up the first portion of the their first overseas trip since moving into the White House. Their five days in the UK included meeting with fellow leaders and spouses, time with the royal family, and a casual outing to their hotel bar. It will be capped with Sunday’s afternoon tea with The Queen at Windsor Castle. Then Jill Biden returns to the States while President Biden heads to Brussels for a NATO meeting.
The images of Biden interacting with world leaders contrast starkly with some of the imagery from President Trump’s four years.
Jill Biden and Joe Biden are coming to a close of their five-day trip to the UK
France’s President Emmanuel Macron (left) walks alongside President Joe Biden (right) at the opener of the G7 Friday
President Joe Biden joked with French President Emmanuel Macron as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau followed them
President Macron also posted a gushing tweet of his conversation with President Biden
Trump and Macron feuded at the 2019 NATO meeting, causing a cooling off in their relations
Trump and Macron had gotten along well – Macron was one of only two world leaders to get a state dinner during the Trump presidency; above the two men at the G7 in 2019
During the 2018 G7 summit a photo went viral of former President Donald Trump (right), seated with his arms crossed, staring down German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left)
During a 2019 NATO summit, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (second from left) and French President Emmanuel Macron (second from right) were seemingly caught on camera gossiping about Trump
During the 2018 G7 summit a photo went viral of Trump, seated with his arms crossed, staring down German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Macron is by her side, while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – the first world leader to meet Trump as president-elect – has his arms crossed too, watching the back-and-forth.
Then during a 2019 NATO summit, Johnson, Trudeau and Macron were seemingly caught on camera gossiping about Trump.
The leaders looked to be talking about Trump’s unscripted press conferences.
‘You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor,’ Trudeau uttered.
Biden, of course, has far more experience on the world stage than Trump, who was a real estate investor and reality TV star before running for office.
Biden was chosen to be President Barack Obama’s vice president after serving on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations for years.