Joe Biden gives Boris Johnson a $ 6,000 bike, Johnson offers photo printed from Wikipedia – –

Joe Biden gives Boris Johnson a $ 6,000 bike, Johnson offers photo printed from Wikipedia – –

President Joe Biden presented British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a new touring bike and a bespoke $ 6,000 helmet during their first meeting on Thursday.
As part of the usual exchange, Johnson gave Biden a free Wikipedia photo of a British mural depicting 19th century black abolitionist Frederick Douglass in return.

The two leaders met for the first time this week in Cornwall, England, ahead of this weekend’s G7 summit. The summit also marks Biden’s first international trip since taking office.

UK government officials decided on the photo after spotting it on Douglass’s Wikipedia page, according to a report by London time. Johnson’s gift is said to be a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement which has advocated for racial justice in both countries.

Douglass’ mural is painted on the wall of a residential street corner in Edinburgh, it was painted by artist Ross Blair, who first unveiled the piece online in 2020. The photo of the painting mural was captured by dual Anglo-American national Melissa Highton.

US President Joe Biden, left, reacts during his bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Carbis Bay, UK on Thursday, June 10, 2021. The two exchanged gifts during their first meeting on Thursday, Biden giving Johnson a bike and Johnson giving Biden a framed photo of abolitionist Frederick Douglass in return.
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The bike presented by Biden was adorned with the American and British flags and offered as “a gesture of friendship and in recognition of their common interest in cycling,” according to the White House.

Johnson is an avid cyclist known for commuting regularly to work during his tenure as Mayor of London. Earlier this year, the Prime Minister was criticized for cycling outside his region as COVID-19 infections rose in the UK

The bike and matching helmet were built by Bilenky Cycle Works after the State Department contacted the small, Philadelphia-based family business about the order, The Philadelphia Investigator reported on Friday.

Photos of the “Boris Bike” and the Philadelphia helmet @bilenkycycles that Biden gave Britain’s Boris Johnson, who was the first foreign leader he met on his first trip abroad as president.

– Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 11, 2021

Biden and Johnson’s wives also received gifts from their counterparts.

Johnson’s new wife, Carrie, received a leather tote made by US military wives and a presidential silk scarf while First Lady Jill Biden received a first edition of “The Apple Tree,” a collection news from Daphne du Maurier, who lived in Cornwall.

Biden told reporters on Thursday that he and Johnson have something in common.

“We both got married high above our station,” Biden joked.

Following this weekend’s summit, where world leaders will discuss several topics, including the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Bidens will meet with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

“Joe and I are looking forward to meeting the Queen,” Jill Biden told reporters. “It’s an exciting part of the visit for us. We’ve been looking forward to this for weeks and now it’s finally here. It’s a great start. “

Update 11/06/21 – 4:10 p.m. ET – This story has been updated with additional information.


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