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Laura Kuennsberg sounds UK-US warning – Boris hoping for ‘dependable friend’

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Joe Biden: Kuenssberg discusses relationship with Boris Johnson

The BBC political editor said that Boris Johnson sees the end of Donald Trump’s administration as an “important and positive turning of the page” as the Prime Minister cares about the same issues as Joe Biden. Ms Kuenssberg noted that Downing Street is also hoping for “less drama”. She said: “I think it will look very, very different to the last four years.

“There is so much intense political challenge across the Atlantic but this really matters to us here too.

“British Prime Ministers like to see American presidents as probably their closest diplomatic friend because the two countries have got pretty much-unrivaled relationships when it comes to security and defence and common interests on so many other things.

“When Donald Trump was in the White House that friend was pretty unpredictable and pretty unreliable for many people here in Westminster.

“With Joe Biden, they see this as an important and positive turning of the page.

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“Not just because he’s been completely clear he wants to breathe life back into those international partnerships but also because Downing Street thinks Joe Biden cares about a lot of the same issues Boris Johnson wants to make a mark on.

“Particularly taking real action against climate change.

“For those reasons, Downing Street hopes there will be fewer fireworks, less drama and a more dependable friend.”

Mr Biden pledged to rebuild international alliances as he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States in what he called a day of “renewal” for the bitterly divided nation.

Joe Biden inauguration: Boris Johnson congratulates President

Mr Johnson welcomed his succession from Donald Trump as a “step forward” from a “bumpy period” and an opportunity to collaborate on climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, two crises the Republican played down.

Mr Biden declared “democracy has prevailed” as he took over the White House after four years of a Republican presidency that tested the nation’s tenets as well as international relations.

“This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day in history and hope, of renewal and resolve,” the Democrat said.

But he noted that “the world is watching” as he took the oath of office in Capitol Hill, the scene of a violent insurrection from Trump loyalists just two weeks ago.


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“Here’s my message to those beyond our borders. America has been tested and we’ve come out stronger for it. We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again, not to meet yesterday’s challenges but today’s and tomorrow’s challenges,” Mr Biden said.

“And will lead not merely by example of our power but by the power of our example. We will be a strong and trusted partner for peace, progress and security.”

At 78, Mr Biden became the oldest president to take office but in a more significant moment of history making, Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president.

She is the first woman to become vice president, as well as the first black person and the first person of South Asian descent to serve in the role.

The Prime Minister, who had a close but at times strained relationship with Mr Trump, tweeted his “congratulations” to Mr Biden on being sworn in as well as to Ms Harris “on her historic inauguration”.

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