G7 leaders gathered for 'family photo' on an English beach, and Biden joked they should jump in the water
- G7 leaders looked relaxed and happy in this year's G7 family photo.
- Past G7 summits under Trump were more visibly tense.
- Biden is trying to use his first trip abroad as president to boost the US's image after the Trump era.
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This year's G7 "family photo" was taken on a beach in Cornwall, England, with world leaders' windswept hair stealing the show.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was front and centre, with US President Joe Biden - who is on his first trip abroad as commander-in-chief - to his right. The other leaders in the photo included: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudea, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Council Charles Michel, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
The leaders of the G7 (Group of 7), an organisation of some of the world's largest economies, and EU leaders are discussing an array of topics at this year's summit - with a major focus on the COVID-19 pandemic.Biden, whose political career has in many ways been defined by a focus on foreign policy, appears relaxed and in his element in the photo.
â€œEverybody in the water,â€ Biden joked to his fellow leaders at the G7 family photo on the oceanfront in Carbis Bay, England.
There appeared to be less visible tension in this year's photo among the leaders with former US President Donald Trump out of the picture.
Trump had a tendency to aggressively confront US allies on a range of issues - especially trade - and his abrasive leadership style placed major strains on relations with key partners.A recent Pew Research Center survey showed that the US's global approval rating has improved significantly with Trump gone and Biden at the helm, particularly among close allies in Europe.
In all of the 16 countries surveyed, more than six-in-ten said they have confidence in Biden to do the right thing in world affairs, Pew said. In 12 nations surveyed both this year and last year, a median of 75% expressed confidence in Biden, compared to just 17% for Trump in 2020.
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