- The photographer Stefan Rousseau captured a moment between President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the second day of the annual G7 summit in France that perfectly sums up their close-but-tense relationship over the years.
- The image shows Trump and Johnson meeting for the first time since Johnson became prime minister in July. They’re pointing a finger and laughing at each other.
- The two world leaders have pointed fingers at each other in the past – and not always in a friendly way.
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President Donald Trump sat down with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday, the second day of the annual G7 summit in Biarritz, France, providing an opportunity to snap a photo of the two world leaders that perfectly sums up their close-but-tense relationship that has developed over the years.
The three-day summit of world leaders featured discussions about global trade, nuclear treaties, and environmental issues that have dominated the discourse.
The image, taken by Stefan Rousseau, shows Trump and Johnson meeting for the first time since Johnson became prime minister last month. The two are pointing and smiling at each other as those around the table look on with less amusement.
Trump and Johnson have grown closer in recent months, and Trump even went as far as to hail the UK leader as “Britain Trump.” Trump also told The Sun in June that he “always liked” Johnson and thought he was a “very good guy” and “a very talented person.”
But the relationship between the leaders of two of the world’s largest economies hasn’t always been as friendly.
Trump said in 2015 that London had become a hotbed of crime because of immigration, and he repeated false claims that the police avoided “radicalized” parts of London because they feared for their lives. Trump, a presidential candidate at the time, used the claim to justify his comments about barring Muslims from entering the US.
In response, Johnson, then the London mayor, accused Trump of “quite stupefying ignorance” and deemed him “unfit” to be president.
“I would invite him to come and see the whole of London and take him round the city,” he said, “except that I don’t want to expose Londoners to any unnecessary risk of meeting Donald Trump.”
And before the 2016 election, Johnson said he was “genuinely worried” about Trump winning the presidency and said that being mistaken for Trump in New York was “one of the worst moments” for him.
“I was in New York, and some photographers were trying to take a picture of me, and a girl walked down the pavement towards me, and she stopped and she said, ‘Geem is that Trump?'” he told ITV’s “The Agenda” in 2016.
But Johnson has softened his stance on Trump since becoming Britain’s leader. In an interview with Politico in June, Johnson declined to criticise Trump and said he found it “hard to disagree” with his assessment of former Prime Minister Theresa May as “foolish.”
Still, Johnson has remained critical of Trump’s trade actions. Ahead of their G7 meeting, Johnson said Trump risked taking the blame for a global recession if he continues his trade war with China, calling for a “dialling down of tensions.”
“Apart from anything else, those who support the tariffs are at risk of incurring the blame for the downturn in the global economy, irrespective of whether or not that is true,” Johnson told reporters on Saturday.
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