Joe Biden began his heartfelt speech to personnel at the RAF Mildenhall base in Suffolk where he thanked them for their service and praised the families who support them. But Joe Biden, who has suffered several gaffes since he took office, forgot to tell attendees to be “at ease” as he remarked, “I keep forgetting I’m President”. The US President is set to visit the G7 summit this weekend where he will meet with other political leaders to discuss the biggest issues in the world right now.
Speaking at the army base, Mr Biden thanked a teenager who introduced him to the stage and said: “Because we all know that the whole family serves.
“[I want to thank] Sydney, you’re 14-years-old… please at ease, I keep forgetting I’m President.”
The audience laughed as he continued with his speech adding when he was 14 he suffered from a stutter and praised the bravery of the young girl.
Later in his speech, Mr Biden told the audience he would be meeting with leaders of the G7 before a face-to-face discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mr Biden said: “[I will then] meet with Mr Putin to let him know what I want him to know.”
The audience erupted into cheers with Mr Biden adding: “At every step of the way, we will let everyone know that the United States is back.
“And democracies across the world are standing together to tackling the toughest challenges and the issues that matter most to our future.”
Joe Biden arrived in the UK at around 7:45pm on Wednesday ahead of the G7 summit which is due to be held this weekend in Cornwall.
It is the first international trip the US President has taken since he took office earlier this year.
Mr Biden is expected to weigh in on the coronavirus pandemic, the Northern Ireland Protocol and security threats to western democracies.
The Democrat leader is a staunch supporter of the Good Friday Agreement and has stated the Northern Ireland Protocol is critical to maintaining it.
The UK and EU have bumped heads over the arrangement as a grace period on chilled meat checks will soon be up.
The UK is pushing for an extension to the grace periods but an uneventful meeting with Brexit Minister Lord Frost and EU Vice-President Maros Sefcovic has brought negotiations to a stalemate.
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Northern Ireland exists partially in the EU Customs Union meaning they are subject to goods checks at the border as if hauliers were entering the EU.
But the new rules have caused havoc for businesses who are struggling to keep up with the new laws which saw port delays at the beginning of the year.
Mr Biden’s security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said the US President has “deep” concerns about Brexit and its impact on the Good Friday Agreement.
Mr Sullivan told the BBC: “But whatever way they find to proceed must, at its core, fundamentally protect the gains of the Good Friday Agreement and not imperil that.”
Mr Biden is also expected to meet the Queen towards the end of his UK trip before he jets off to Belgium and Switzerland to meet with other European leaders.