Some members of the British public perceived President Joe Biden’s absence from King Charles III’s historic coronation last spring as a slight.
With a quick detour in England and a meeting with the king this week while traveling to a NATO conference, Biden will now have the chance to ease tensions, whether they are genuine or imagined.
A month after the trip, Biden stoked tensions when he said, at a political fundraiser, that he went to Northern Ireland to ensure that the British didn’t break their promises under the US-brokered peace accord.
He made his trip to Ireland shortly after calling Charles to inform the British king that he would not be present for his coronation.
Despite the fact that no US president has ever attended a British monarch’s coronation, Biden’s detractors saw this as one of his alleged slights towards the UK.
Biden’s Diplomatic Initiative With UK
According to Laura Beers, a British history expert and professor at American University, the US president’s journey to London puts an end to the controversy and dispels rumors that the two countries’ partnership is in jeopardy or is under strain.
But his administration’s refusal to sign off on a comprehensive trade agreement with the UK has been a source of irritation. After leaving the European Union, conservatives had hoped for a quick accord with the US.
Instead, the Biden administration has provided more specialized pledges on subjects like batteries for electric vehicles and essential minerals.
The aggressive behavior of Russia in Ukraine and Biden’s efforts to rekindle the military alliance between the United States and Britain have reduced hostilities between the longtime allies.
Amid turmoil in Europe and in the governments of both countries, the US president has worked to establish a trustworthy, if not tight, personal relationship with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, whom he visited last month in Washington.