Live updates: Biden, other G-7 leaders gather for family photo, reception with royals and pandemic discussion

Live updates: Biden, other G-7 leaders gather for family photo, reception with royals and pandemic discussion

Live updates: Biden, other G-7 leaders gather for family photo, reception with royals and pandemic discussion Photo

President Biden and other Group of Seven leaders are arriving in Cornwall, England, for the first day of a summit that will include a “family photo,” a reception with members of the royal family and a more substantive session focused on rebuilding from the pandemic.

The G-7 leaders are also expected to formally endorse a minimum global tax rate on corporations of at least 15 percent, an initiative pushed by Biden that was endorsed last weekend by finance ministers of the member nations.

First lady Jill Biden and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, met for the first time Friday as they jointly toured a school in Cornwall, England, and prepared to hold a roundtable discussion on early education.

Head of School Janice Eddy told reporters that the school serves students who have experienced trauma in their lives. She said it has outdoor classrooms where children plant vegetables and flowers and work with animals.

“It’s very important to the foundation,” Biden said of early education. “As a teacher at the upper levels, if they don’t have a good foundation, they fall so far behind. This is amazing to see how far advanced they are.”

After the tour, the first lady and duchess were scheduled to host a roundtable with four British early-childhood experts, while three U.S. experts were to join via Zoom, the White House said.

Ahead the formal start of the G-7 summit, the White House announced that Biden would welcome one of its leaders — German Chancellor Angela Merkel — to Washington next month as he continues seeking to repair relationships that frayed under his predecessor.

Merkel and President Donald Trump had a frosty relationship that deteriorated toward the end of Trump’s tenure. After the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Merkel chided Trump for failing to accept the election results. Trump reportedly called Merkel a “loser.”

“Chancellor Merkel’s visit will affirm the deep bilateral ties between the United States and Germany,” Psaki said in a statement. “The leaders will discuss their commitment to close cooperation on a range of common challenges, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the threat of climate change, and promoting economic prosperity and international security based on our shared democratic values.”

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