Boris Johnson paid tribute to Joe Biden’s well-established love of railways by chasing a sleek silver Amtrak train to travel between New York and Washington for his first White House visit as prime minister.
The mode of travel was not only a hat-tip to Mr Biden’s decades-long rail commute between his Delaware home and the capital as senator and vice president, but also a physical reminder of the main purpose of Johnson’s US visit – support. To drum up carbon emissions and polluting car use.
For his gesture he was rewarded with a thrilling anecdote of the president as they both sat together in the Oval Office.
In remarks, which were hallmarks of being rehearsed several, many times over the years, the president told Mr Johnson how an Amtrak conductor had approached him to say that he and his colleagues had calculated that over the years , he had covered more than 2 million miles on the route.
As bewildered journalists trembled at the thought that their precious few minutes with the two leaders were about to be swallowed whole by the old man’s memories, the PM stepped in to bring the conversation back to matters of policy, telling the President that How much they shared their “belief in the transportation infrastructure”.
The three-hour, 225-mile journey from New York to Washington, meandering through the stunning countryside of coastal Maryland with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore, was a rare break from conference rooms and debate rooms for the prime minister in three days of the trip that completely dominated by climate change.
Unlike previous visits, the deadly serious purpose of his visit prevented Mr Johnson from indulging in the usual photo-opportunities that saw him don a hard hat, try his hand at various sports or dance with local beauties Was. Publicity
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