Boris Johnson won't mention UK's 'special relationship' with the US when he meets Joe Biden for first time

BORIS Johnson won’t mention the “special relationship” when he meets Joe Biden for the first time.

Downing Street said the PM “prefers not to use the phrase” despite our “close relationship” with Washington.

It confirmed reports in US magazine The Atlantic that Mr Johnson believes obsessing over the expression makes the UK seem “needy and weak”.

The PM and the US President will meet on Thursday — on the eve of the three-day G7 summit in Cornwall.

Mr Biden, 78, has said he would be flying in early “to affirm the special relationship between our nations”.

Free from the EU, Mr Johnson, 56, will play host to the world’s leading economies. The G7 includes the US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and the UK.

He will urge leaders to defeat Covid-19 by providing jabs for the world by the end of next year and to tackle climate change together.

Ahead of his first foreign trip as President, Mr Biden said: “Ending this pandemic, improving health security for all nations and driving a robust, inclusive global economic recovery will be our top priorities.”

Yesterday Tory rebels flopped in their bid to overshadow the summit by forcing Mr Johnson to ditch his plans to slash the foreign aid budget.

They bungled their Commons ambush to force a vote on cutting £4billion from the giveaway bill.

Their move fell at the first hurdle as it was ruled out of order by the Speaker.

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