During a two-day visit to Washington, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak met with US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of The White House. In a lighthearted moment, President Biden mistakenly referred to Sunak as “Mr. President,” quickly correcting himself. They discussed the strength of the US-UK special relationship, with Biden emphasizing the close alliance between the two nations. The leaders also addressed their commitment to providing economic, humanitarian, and security assistance to Ukraine. The meeting took place in the historic room where Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt once met over seventy years ago.
In the Oval Office of The White House, President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak convened to discuss the US-UK special relationship. President Biden’s light-hearted mistake of calling Sunak “Mr. President” added humor to the meeting. They highlighted the strong alliance between the two countries, with President Biden expressing his satisfaction with the current state of the relationship, affirming that the United States has no closer ally than Great Britain. PM Sunak warmly welcomed President Biden’s words, acknowledging the strength of their partnership and friendship.
President Biden took the opportunity to reference their recent meetings in San Diego, Belfast, and Hiroshima, jokingly remarking that they would solve all the world’s problems in the next 20 minutes. The leaders focused on their collaborative efforts to provide economic, humanitarian, and security aid to Ukraine in its struggle against Russia.
PM Sunak reaffirmed their commitment to shared values, assuring that they would continue prioritizing those values. They also reflected on the historical significance of the Oval Office, where Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt once met. President Biden recalled Churchill’s midnight wanderings in the White House, while PM Sunak humorously assured that he wouldn’t follow in those footsteps.
In a light-hearted exchange, President Biden mentioned stories of former prime ministers wandering the White House at 3 am, to which PM Sunak responded, humorously assuring that he wouldn’t bother the President and the First Lady. They acknowledged the weight of the conversations held in the same room by their predecessors, discussing past shared wars and transformative changes that have impacted their citizens’ lives.