Britain's Boris Johnson presses Biden for new trade deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — British Premier Boris Johnson made it known on Saturday to President Joe Biden that he is ready to create a new U.S.-U.K.
Trade contract. Trade deal.
The pressing for a new settlement came in a wide-ranging appeal from the two presidents, which touched on the global reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, and the Biden Government declared this week that the United States would join the Paris climate agreement and the World Health Organisation, according to a Downing Street release.
For Johnson, a new trade deal between the allies is a higher priority than Biden is.
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Regulation of the national trade strategy was reinstated at the beginning of the month after the conclusion of the adjustment phase post-Brexit.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that Biden's key priority is to get the coronovirus pandemic under control and to persuade Congress to enact the President's $1,9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal.
In the confirmation hearing earlier this week, Janet Yellen, Biden's candidate for Treasury Secretary, also revealed that Biden was not willing to sign new trade agreements.
"President Biden was clear that before the U.S. made major investment in American workers and our infrastructure, he would not sign any new free trade agreements," said Yellen.
Downing Street said Saturday that Biden and Johnson had addressed "the advantages of our two countries' potential free trade agreement" and that Johnson had "reiterated its intention to resolve existing trade issues as soon as possible."
The White House said in its own statement that the two leaders talked about fighting climate change, including COVID-19 and the safeguarding of environmental health and common foreign policy goals in China, Iran and Russia.
However, the comment made no mention of the trade discussion in particular.
At least Biden's third call with an international counterpart after Friday was the call with Johnson.
The President met on Friday night with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.