Boris Johnson laments G-7 'media circus' as grinning Biden looks on

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could not resist poking fun of the media as he opened the G-7 summit, the first major meeting of foreign leaders as the world slowly reopens after the coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson, the summit's host, concluded his remarks by asking reporters, TV crews, and photographers to leave the room so the leaders could start their closed-door discussions.

"This is meant to be a fireside chat between the great democracies of the world," a tousled-haired Johnson said Friday in Cornwall, England. "It's turned into a gigantic media circus in which we have to greet each other several times."

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Johnson's comments prompted aides to usher media representatives from the workspace, complete with a round G-7 logo emblazoned table. Most of the world leaders travel with a group of journalists from their home countries, and each typically gets a chance inside the meeting room to photograph and film the G-7 members getting down to work. Reporters often shout questions.

The events became a spectacle under former President Donald Trump, who would insist on five or more of the "pool sprays" during a single summit day, often sending shock waves around the world with his every utterance. White House aides privately acknowledged that the 45th U.S. president loved the attention. "What do you think?" one frustrated aide once said as he and other White House aides who remained stateside during one trip scrambled to clarify something Trump had said overseas about whether the former reality television host liked messing with reporters during the sprays.

President Joe Biden does answer some questions during the brief media events, but he holds far fewer than Trump.

Johnson also repeatedly referenced Biden's 2020 campaign slogan, "Build Back Better." The Republican National Committee contended that it was Johnson's slogan before it was used by the Biden camp.

It was "vital" that foreign leaders learn from the 2008 Great Recession by managing economic recoveries that are "uniform across all parts of society," he said.

"That is what other people of our countries now want us to focus on," he said. "They want us to be sure that we're beating the pandemic together and discussing how we'll never have a repeat that we've seen, but also that we're building back better together and building back greener and building back fairer and building back more equal and ... in a more gender-neutral and perhaps like more feminine way."

The first round of talks followed the traditional "family photo" in which the leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States posed on a nearby beach socially distanced, despite their COVID-19 vaccination statuses.

"Everybody in the water,” Biden joked to the gathering, embracing French President Emmanuel Macron as they walked off together.

Earlier, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approached the makeshift stage maskless before covering his face to bump elbows with Johnson and his new wife, Carrie. He then took his mask off again for a photo with the pair.

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Biden and Johnson met prior to the G-7 and agreed to an updated Atlantic Charter. The revised framework focuses on democracy and human rights, defense and security, science and innovation, and economic prosperity, as well as climate change, biodiversity loss, and emerging health threats.

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