Day 3 of the 2021 G7 Summit

By Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani, Mike Hayes, Laura Smith-Spark and Peter Wilkinson, CNN

Updated 3:35 PM ET, Mon June 14, 2021
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11:03 a.m. ET, June 13, 2021

Biden says he needs more time regarding steel and aluminum tariffs

From CNN's Betsy Klein

President Biden suggested Sunday morning that he needs more time regarding ongoing Trump-era steel and aluminum tariffs. 

Pressed by a reporter on how European allies are concerned about the sanctions and his justification for keeping them in place, Biden said, “120 days. Give me a break. I need time,” referring to his first few months in office.

It was the last question Biden took before ending his news conference, leaving the room after. All told, the news conference lasted about 30 minutes.

 

10:52 a.m. ET, June 13, 2021

Biden says there's no "guarantee" to changing Putin's behavior

From CNN's Allie Malloy

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an event via video at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, on June 9.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an event via video at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, on June 9. Sergei Ilyin/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images

US President Joe Biden said there’s no ”guarantee” to change a leader like Russian President Vladimir Putin’s behavior, but acknowledged that Russia has its own issues the US can use to negotiate.

“There’s no guarantee you can change a person’s behavior,” Biden said when asked what he will do differently in his meeting with Putin.

“Autocrats have enormous power and they don’t have to answer to a public. The fact is that it very well may be that if I respond in kind which I will, that it doesn’t dissuade him - he wants to keep going,” Biden told the traveling press in Cornwall. 

Biden added though, that Russia has “its own dilemmas” pointing to their economy, Covid-19, and Syria and Libya. 

Asked why he believes Putin hasn’t changed his behavior in response to all of the actions the US has taken to this point, Biden simply answered with a laugh: “He’s Vladimir Putin.” 

“I’m not gonna get into much more than that because I’ve got to sit down with him but I’ll be happy to talk after that,” Biden said. 

Pressed on where he can negotiate, Biden told reporters: “I think I’m going to try very hard — there’s places where, I shouldn’t be starting off negotiating in public — let me say it this way: Russia has engaged in activities which we believe are contrary to international norms but they have also bitten off some real problems they’re going to have trouble chewing on.” 

Biden also said he was encouraged by Putin’s comments this morning that Russia is prepared to extradite cyber criminals to the US on a reciprocal basis, if the United States does the same.

10:37 a.m. ET, June 13, 2021

G7 leaders released a communiqué at the end of the summit. This is what it says.

From CNN's Kevin Liptak and Kate Sullivan

World leaders attending the Group of Seven summit on Sunday issued a call for a new study into the origins of Covid-19 after an initial report was deemed lacking because Beijing had refused to cooperate.

They also agreed in a final statement to speak out against human rights abuses in China, a matter that had been hotly debated behind closed doors over the course of the three-day summit.

And they singled out Russia as harboring networks who have conducted ransomware attacks wreaking havoc on critical systems, saying countries must do more to address criminal activity within their borders.

Read the full communique below:

10:35 a.m. ET, June 13, 2021

Here's what President Biden said was accomplished during the three-day G7 summit 

US President Joe Biden just wrapped a news conference following the end of the G7 summit, and touted the accomplishments of the gathering of world leaders.

Here are some of the things Biden said were pledged during the three-day summit:

  • G7 will contribute over 1 billion doses of vaccine to poor countries. Biden reiterated that the US will provide half a billion doses of Pfizer vaccine which have been "contracted and paid for," as well a putting additional money into the COVAX project. He said that 200 million will be provided by the end of the year, and another 300 million by the first half of next year. He said that the rest of the G7 will provide another half billion in doses. "And we've agreed to work together so the world is better prepared to detect and deal with future pandemics. Because there will be future pandemics." 
  • G7 supports a global minimum tax. Biden said G7 leaders endorsed a global minimum tax of 15%. "Too many corporations have been engaged in what are essentially tax savings, deciding that they would pay considerably less in other environments around the world," he said. Biden said this is going to make sure there is a minimum tax for corporations to pay for the profits they make anywhere in the world. 
  • G7 commits to support infrastructure in the developing world. He said the group agreed to help meet "more than $40 trillion need" that exists for infrastructure in the developing world. He said the G7 is going to provide and support projects in four key areas: climate, health, digital technology and gender equity. "We believe that is good for the countries but good for the entire world and represent values that our democracies represent and not autocratic lack of values," Biden said. 
  • G7 supports transition to clean energy. Biden said the G7 made a commitment to permanently eliminate the use of our public finance to produce unabated coal products around the world and to end them by this year. He added that "those who were not members but visiting members who were participating in the G7 who have coal-fired facilities have also agreed they will work in that direction as well." He called the transition to clean energy sources "urgent, it is essential" to working to combat climate change. 

Read more about the outcome of the summit here.

10:27 a.m. ET, June 13, 2021

Biden says it might "take slightly longer" than 2022 to end the pandemic

Asked if it is realistic to end the pandemic by 2022, President Biden said, "it might take slightly longer worldwide."

Biden was asked how he plans to bridge the gap and help provide the billions of vaccine doses that are needed around the world. He said. "I think there is a possibility over 2022 going into 2023 that we would be able to be in a position to provide another billion" vaccine doses.

Biden said earlier during the news conference that the G7 has committed to provide more than one billion doses to countries around the world. He said "there was a clear consensus among all of our colleagues at the G7 that this wasn't the end." 

"We're going to stay at it until we're able to provide for – able to provide for the needs of the whole world," he said.

Biden said that in addition to providing doses, he intends to work with countries to develop their own technology to manufacture and distribute vaccines.

He said that it is the right thing to do from a "moral standpoint" and in terms of public health and security.

"You can't build a wall high enough to keep out new strains," Biden said.

10:23 a.m. ET, June 13, 2021

Biden agrees with Putin that US-Russia relations are at a "low point"

From CNN's Allie Malloy

US President Joe Biden said he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin was correct when he said US-Russia relations are at a low point, in a news conference in Cornwall Sunday. 

“I think he’s right it’s a low point – and it depends on how he responds to acting consistent with international norms. Which in many cases he has not,” Biden said of Putin’s comments earlier this week. 

Biden also defended the decision to not hold a joint news conference with the Russian President, saying the summit is “not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference or try to embarrass each other.”

“It’s about making myself very clear what the conditions are to get a better relationship are with Russia. We’re not looking for conflict. We are looking to resolve those actions which we think our inconsistent with international norms," the President said.

Biden added that he also hopes the summit will provide ways in which the US and Russia can work together, adding that they may be able to do so in “terms of some strategic doctrine” and possibly on climate issues. 

“I think the best way to deal with this is for he and I to meet. He and I to have our discussion. I know you don’t doubt that I’ll be very straightforward with him,” Biden said with a laugh to the press. 

Biden said he will “make clear” from his view how the meeting turned out in a solo press conference after, and Putin will do the same, adding he didn’t want the summit to be overshadowed by such optics as “did they shake hands” or “who talked the most.”

10:52 a.m. ET, June 13, 2021

Biden: "America is back at the table"

US President Joe Biden speaks at a press conference at Cornwall Airport Newquay in England on June 13.
US President Joe Biden speaks at a press conference at Cornwall Airport Newquay in England on June 13. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

US President Joe Biden used his first news conference of his first overseas trip to send a clear message to the rest of the world, that "America is back at the table."

"I conveyed to each of my G7 counter parts that the United States is going to do our part, America is back at the table. America is back at the table," the President said at a news conference from Newquay airport in Cornwall after the third and final day of the G7 summit.

"The lack of participation in the past and full engagement was noticed significantly —not only by the leaders of those countries but by the people in the G7 countries. And America is back in the business of leading the world alongside nations who share our most deeply held values. And so the bottom line is I was very pleased with the outcome of the entire conference," he said.

Biden also gave a preview of the next part of his trip in Europe.

"Now I'm going to be heading off to Brussels to NATO and the same – many of the same people are going to be at that table in NATO. And to make the case we are back as well. We do not view NATO as a sort of a protection racket. We believe that NATO is vital to our ability to keep American security for the next, the next remainder of the century," Biden said in stark contrast to his predecessor former US President Donald Tump.

Trump long challenged and pushed NATO members to spend more on defense and even suggested the alliance was obsolete. Ahead of a summit to mark the organization's 70th anniversary in 2019, Trump successfully cut US contribution to NATO’s budget.

President Biden used this news conference to strike a very different tone.

"Bottom line is, I think we made some on reestablishing American credibility among our closest friends and our values," he said.

10:10 a.m. ET, June 13, 2021

NOW: President Biden holds news conference as G7 summit wraps

US President Joe Biden speaks at a press conference at Cornwall Airport Newquay in England on June 13.
US President Joe Biden speaks at a press conference at Cornwall Airport Newquay in England on June 13. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

US President Joe Biden is holding a news conference from Newquay airport in Cornwall after the third and final day of the G7 summit.

"We've just wrapped up what has been an extraordinary collaborate and productive meeting in the the G7," Biden told reporters. "Everyone at the table understood and understands both the seriousness and the challenges that we are up against and the responsibility of our proud democracies to step up and deliver for the rest of the world. That is what the G7 is all about."

Biden said "ending the pandemic" and "maintaining robust support" for inclusive global economic recovery were the top priorities of the nations at the summit.

"We know we can't achieve one without the other, that is why we have to deal with the pandemic in order to be able to deal with economic recovery," Biden said.

This is the first news conference of Biden's first overseas trip.

In the final communiqué that was released at the end of the summit Sunday, world leaders called for a new study into the origins of coronavirus, including in China, after an initial report was deemed lacking because Beijing refused to cooperate.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed at a news conference earlier today that leaders of the world's richest nations have pledged over one billion Covid-19 vaccine doses for the rest of the world – either directly or through funding to COVAX.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Angela Dewan contributed reporting to this post.

9:59 a.m. ET, June 13, 2021

G7 leaders in "fantastic harmony," Johnson says, denying diplomatic row

From CNN's Lindsay Isaac

The British Prime Minister shrugged off reports of a rift with French President Emmanuel Macron over a trade pact, as the fallout from Brexit continues to overshadow other issues at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England.  

Speaking at a news conference to close the summit, Johnson said the “vast, vast majority” of the conversations have been about other subjects, and that there has been a “fantastic degree of harmony” on climate change and Covid-19 vaccines.

However earlier in the day, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab described comments made by Macron on Northern Ireland as “offensive” after UK media reported on Saturday that Macron had suggested during the summit that Northern Ireland is not part of the United Kingdom. 

Johnson also said the UK shares “common interests” with US President Joe Biden in areas such as climate change, female education and in "leveling up" in infrastructure and technology.  “We are totally on the same page,” on green initiatives and they share “many policy goals” he said. “It  is the job of the UK prime minister to get on with the American President,” he added.

Johnson dodged a question about whether he would take the knee, should he ever be called up to play on England’s football team, after the team was booed by parts of the crowd at a Euro match on Sunday after some players took the knee. Johnson responded that “everyone should cheer the England team,” and that it was unlikely he would ever play for England.