Images of President Joe Biden waving as he and First Lady Jill Biden depart the White House

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden left the White House and departed on Air Force One to travel to the UK (Pictures: Getty Images/AP)

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden left the White House on Wednesday morning en route to the UK and the start of the first overseas trip of his presidency.

Before stepping aboard Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Biden told reporters that his trip would show that the US and Europe are ‘tight’.

The Bidens are set to stop in the UK before meeting with the Group of Seven and NATO leaders, followed by a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Biden said the purpose of his trip is ‘strengthening the alliance’ and that it would ‘make it clear to Putin and China that Europe and the United States are tight and the G-7 is gonna move’.

Asked whether he had a strategy to share coronavirus vaccines globally, Biden replied: ‘I have one, and I’ll be announcing it’.

Biden was also asked if he would address cyberattacks in the US with Putin. Biden said, ‘Who knows?’ and then said it would indeed be part of the conversation.

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