Scoop: Biden to host Boris Johnson at the White House next week
President Biden plans to host British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the White House next week, according to people familiar with the preparations.
Why it matters: Rewarding Johnson with a White House visit is another indication that the two leaders plan to work collaboratively on COVID-19, China and climate change.
- The meeting, scheduled for early next week, will be part of a busy week of diplomacy for Biden as he also prepares to host a COVID-19 summit on the sidelines of the United Nations' annual gathering.
- Biden also is to host the leaders of Australia, India and Japan on Sept. 24 at the White House for a meeting of the so-called Quad alliance.
The big picture: Biden and Johnson worked closely at the G7 summit in Cornwall in June to convince other countries to adopt a unified approach to countering China's rising global influence. They're also working in close concert to prepare the climate summit in Glasgow in November.
- Earlier today, Biden held a virtual meeting with Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to announce a new partnership to help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines.