“They also discussed the benefits of a possible free agreement between our two countries, and our prime minister reiterated his intention to resolve existing trade problems as soon as possible,” Johnson’s office said in the statement. “Building on the long history of security and defense cooperation in the UK and the US, leaders have renewed their commitment to the NATO alliance and our shared values in promoting human rights and protecting democracy.”
Johnson, a conservative populist and one-time ally of former President Donald Trump, tried to put distance in their relationship after Biden won the presidential election. Johnson released a statement condemning Trump’s actions during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Johnson-backed Brexit changed the long-standing “special relationship” between the US and the UK.
“When you wanted to achieve something with Europe, you made the first or maybe second phone call to London,” said Charles Kupchan, who served as senior national security council official on European affairs in both the Obama and Clinton administrations. previously to POLITICO.
In 2021, “You will still be calling London, but that call will be further down the line.” Britain has no more space at the table, ”he said because of the Brexit.
“Biden is trying to strengthen and renew relations with the EU and the UK will not be a part of it,” one person familiar with Biden’s thinking told POLITICO.
Trump and former British Prime Minister Theresa May are known to have had a difficult relationship. May said recently She “never knew what to expect” from Trump, who also frequently criticized the EU bloc before Britain finally left on January 31.
Trump abruptly canceled a planned trip to London with May in January 2018. When he first visited May, he criticized May in an interview with a tabloid that was published during the trip. Johnson succeeded May as Conservative Party Chairman and Prime Minister in July 2019.
On Friday, Biden spoke to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The calls come as Biden attempts to begin his pursuit of “restoring worthy leadership at home and respected leadership on the world stage” according to Trump’s America First approach to international relations.