G7 summit 2021: Biden’s 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

The beast of Carbis Bay! President Biden’s 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town complete with bulletproof limo, anti-IED jamming truck, an ambulance and dozens of heavily armed Secret Service agents

  • Joe Biden’s 17-vehicle motorcade charged through a sleepy Cornish town in the middle of the night
  • Videos shared on social media show the enormous US cavalcade hurtling to Tregenna Castle Hotel
  • The US President was forced to travel by motorcade rather than helicopter due to bad weather yesterday
  • Mr Biden landed in RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk last night, and addressed US Air Force personnel stationed in UK 

By Jack Wright and Emily Goodin Senior U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.Com

Published: 09:47, 10 June 2021 | Updated: 13:33, 10 June 2021

Joe Biden’s 17-vehicle motorcade charged through a sleepy Cornish town in the middle of the night, complete with a bulletproof limo, anti-IED jamming truck, an ambulance and dozens of heavily-armed Security Service agents. 

Videos shared on social media show the enormous US cavalcade hurtling through the coastal region in southern England ahead of the President’s face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson today. 

Cornwall is the site of the G7 Summit, where the leaders of Britain, the US, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada will discuss the pandemic, climate change and the threats posed to world order by China and Russia.  

Mr Biden and First Lady Jill Biden travelled to the Tregenna Castle Hotel in St Ives, where they will be staying during the summit, by motorcade rather than his Marine One helicopter due to bad weather. 

The couple are not riding the ‘Beast’ – the famous GBP1.2million seven-seat black stretched Cadillac limousine designed to give American presidents and their families ultimate protection – but an armoured SUV also used by Donald Trump for the 2017 G7 Summit in Biarritz.

The Secret Service believe it will not fit down Cornwall’s narrow lanes in the event of an emergency.

In 2009, during a visit by Barack Obama to see Gordon Brown, the car almost got stuck as it attempted to turn around in Downing Street, eventually managing it after five attempts.  

Mr Biden’s huge detail includes dozens of Security Service agents, who can be seen riding several large vehicles including the Electronic Countermeasures Suburban, the jamming truck which is used to counter IEDs and missile attacks.

The ECS is adorned with a large dome which is believed to contain an electronic jamming system which disrupts signals to IEDs and a radar which can detect the targeting systems of any incoming missiles.  

Mr Biden is also followed by the the Secret Service’s Counter Assault Team, who will use a variety of heavy weapons to counter attack anyone who attacks the motorcade.  

The President landed in RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk yesterday evening, and addressed US Air Force personnel stationed in Britain before flying to Newquay Airport in Cornwall at the start of his first foreign trip as president.

The President and First Lady travelled to the Tregenna Castle Hotel, where they stayed last night, in an armoured SUV with a union flag and stars and stripes flying from the hood.

The traditional ‘beast’ armoured’ limousine was not used

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

This vehicle is USSS Electronic Countermeasures Suburban, which is used in a presidential motorcade to counter guided attacks, such as IEDs, rocket-propelled grenades, and anti-tank guided missiles

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

USSS Electronic Countermeasures Suburban, pictured in June 2019 during Donald Trump’s visit to the UK

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Several large vehicles contain dozens of Security Service agents who are there to protect the President and First Lady  

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

The US motorcade passes the Cornish Arms pub in Carbis Bay, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

The US motorcade passes the Cornish Arms pub in Carbis Bay, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

British police are seen riding jet skis as they patrol the waters of Carbis Bay in Cornwall this morning

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

The offshore naval vessel HMS Tamar patrols off St Ives, Cornwall on June 10, 2021, ahead of the G7 summit

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Police at Carbis Bay ahead of the summit of leaders from Britain, the US, Germany, France, Canada, Italy and Japan

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Extinction Rebellion protesters stand on a bridge over the A30 near Redruth waving a banner reading ‘There is no Planet B’ 

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Boris Johnson with his wife Carrie on the beach at the Carbis Bay, Cornwall, ahead of Friday’s G7 summit

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Mr Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are staying at the Tregenna Castle Hotel in St Ives during the G7 Summit in Cornwall

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Cornwall is the site of the G7 Summit, where the leaders of Britain, the US, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada will discuss the pandemic, climate change and the threats posed to world order by China and Russia

Joe Biden and Boris Johnson’s visit to St Michael’s Mount cancelled due to fog

Joe Biden and Boris Johnson’s planned visit to St Michael’s Mount today has been cancelled due to bad weather, MailOnline understands.

The President and PM were due to have a bilateral at the 17th-century castle on an island off the coast of Cornwall when they meet for the first time today.

However, the location has been changed due to bad weather including fog. It is thought the two leaders will instead meet at the four-star Carbis Bay Hotel. 

Mr Biden and Mr Johnson are tipped to affirm the so-called Special Relationship between the two countries and set up a new Atlantic Charter modelled on the Second World War pact made by Roosevelt and Churchill. They are also expected to work on opening up Anglo-US travel ‘as soon as possible’.  

Today Mr Biden will leave St Ives for Carbis Bay, where he will meet Mr Johnson and his new wife Carrie Symonds for the first time. The two leaders were due to visit St Michael’s Mount, a 17th-century castle on an island off the coast of Cornwall, but this has been cancelled due to bad weather.

It is thought they will instead host their bilateral at the Carbis Bay Hotel. 

Mr Biden and Mr Johnson are tipped to affirm the so-called Special Relationship between the two countries and set up a new Atlantic Charter modelled on the Second World War pact made by Roosevelt and Churchill. They are also expected to work on opening up Anglo-US travel ‘as soon as possible’.   

Mr Biden hopes to use his first overseas trip as president to reassure European allies that the United States had shed the transactional tendencies of Donald Trump’s term and is a reliable partner again. But tensions may simmer beneath the surface of Mr Biden’s meeting with Mr Johnson.

A memo seen by the Times states that the President had used his diplomats to ‘strongly urge’ Britain to ‘stay cool’ and reach an agreement with the EU, even if that meant making ‘unpopular [political] compromises’.

Mr Biden even threatened to torpedo British chances of striking a new free trade deal with the US if Mr Johnson did not calm tensions – sparking fury among senior Brexiteers who branded the 78-year-old ‘senile’.

The White House has since tried to put out the flames of a major transatlantic bust-up with Britain, with a senior administration official telling the BBC: ‘This is wrong.

‘First this discussion wasn’t directed by the President.

It was not heightened. As with any ally we have diplomatic conversations about areas where we have concern at many levels.

‘Jake (Sullivan – US national security adviser) addressed the issue of Northern Ireland during his BBC interview and the message sent privately was exactly the same.’ 

The official later added that the president would not get ‘controversial or adversarial’ when he speaks to the PM about Northern Ireland.

‘He didn’t come here to give a lecture,’ they said. ‘He believes that the Good Friday agreement is the foundation for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland … the current discussions between the UK and EU should continue the vitality of Good Friday agreement.’

However, if it is confirmed that a demarche was sent, it will show the strength of feeling in the Biden administration over Northern Ireland.

Joe Biden’s G7 schedule includes a meeting with the Queen after summit

President Joe Biden’s first foreign trip as the US leader will feature a meeting with the Queen following the G7 summit. Here’s his full schedule to June 16: 

Wednesday, June 9

Biden and his wife, Jill, leave Washington on Wednesday morning.

Their first stop in the UK will be at Royal Air Force Mildenhall to greet US Air Force personnel stationed there. Mildenhall is home to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, the only permanent US Air Force air refueling wing in the European theater.

Thursday, June 10

Biden will meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson at St Michael’s Mount, a 17th-century castle on an island just off the coast of Cornwall.

Jill Biden will have tea separately with the Prime Minister’s wife Carrie Johnson.   

The Bidens are staying at Tregenna Castle Hotel n St Ives with the rest of the G7 leaders.   

Friday, June 11

Biden will attend the G7 summit for three days starting on Friday, to work on US policy priorities such as the economy and allied unity.

Saturday, June 12

Biden will attend more G7 summit meetings in Cornwall and have bilateral meetings with fellow G7 leaders.

Jill Biden will meet members of Bude  Surf Veterans, which helps UK military veterans through surfing.  

Sunday, June 13

Biden will finish his meetings at the G7 summit. Afterward, the Bidens will meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle.

Then Biden will travel to Brussels for the night.

Monday, June 14

Biden will meet NATO leaders and have a private meeting with the president of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan.

Tuesday, June 15   

Biden will hold more NATO meetings and then fly to Geneva for the night.

Wednesday, June 16

Biden will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, their first face-to-face meeting since Biden became president. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Monday it was unclear whether the two leaders would hold a joint news conference after their talks. 

The Northern Ireland Protocol, agreed in October 2019, seeks to prevent a hard land border between the UK province and the Republic of Ireland. Under the terms of the deal, Northern Ireland is effectively in the Single Market and is also bound by the rules of the EU customs union. However, tensions between Britain and Brussels have flared over the flow of UK-produced chilled meats to Northern Ireland, dubbed the ‘sausage war’. 

The president staunchly opposed the Brexit movement, the British exodus from the European Union that Johnson championed, and has expressed great concern with the future of Northern Ireland.

And Mr Biden once called the British leader a ‘physical and emotional clone’ of Trump.

His rebuke to Mr Johnson is a marked departure from the US’s hostility to the EU under his predecessor. Mr Trump spent his four-year term embroiled in rows with European nations over transatlantic trade and the level of contributions made by NATO member states to defence spending levels.

But Mr Biden’s criticism of Mr Johnson and the US should also been seen through the context of the president’s own personal and familial interest in Ireland.

Mr Biden, who is fiercely proud of his Irish roots, has warned that nothing should undermine Northern Ireland’s 1998 Good Friday peace accord. Some on the British side have viewed Biden warily because of his heritage.

Mr Biden has previously spoken with pride about his Irish Catholic roots in his Pennsylvania birthplace, and he travelled to County Mayo in 2016 to visit distant relatives.

He is seen as far more open to Irish re-unification than his predecessor. And he is unlikely to see eye-to-eye with loyalists like the DUP. 

In 2015 he sparked fury, when, as a senator, he quipped to an Irish delegation that no one ‘wearing orange’ was welcome in his house on St Patrick’s Day, a comment seen as a slur against Protestants in Ulster.

Mr Biden was also photographed alongside former Sinn Fein president Mr Adams and with his arm around the party’s then US representative, Rita O’Hare, in 2017. In 1972, she was arrested in Northern Ireland for the attempted murder of a British Army officer in Belfast the previous year.

The Times report sparked fury among senior Brexiteers after he threatened to torpedo British chances of a new free trade deal with the US if Mr Johnson did not refrain from ‘inflaming tensions’ over Northern Ireland.

Under the terms of the protocol, Northern Ireland has effectively remained in the EU Single Market and is bound by the rules of the customs union.

However, tensions between Britain and Brussels have flared over the flow of UK-produced chilled meats to Northern Ireland, dubbed the ‘sausage war’.  

The President and his wife Jill left Washington on Wednesday morning and landed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall to address US Air Force personnel stationed in Britain. At the start of his speech he told the standing troops to sit by saying ‘at ease’, then said: ‘I keep forgetting I am president’.

During his address, he said he would be meeting with Mr Putin to ‘let him know what I want him to know’; told the crowd that ‘global warming’ is the biggest threat to the US; teared up as he paid tribute to his late veteran son Beau; and boasted that ‘America is back’.

When Mr Biden meets the Prime Minister today at St Michael’s Mount, a 17th-century castle on an island just off the coast of Cornwall, he is tipped to set up a new ‘Atlantic Charter’ modelled on the post-Second World War pact made by FDR and Winston Churchill, and will work to open up travel between the US and UK ‘as soon as possible’.

But the US President has ordered his officials to issue a rare diplomatic rebuke to the British Government for its continued opposition to checks at Northern Irish ports.

Yael Lempert, charge d’affaires at the US Embassy in London, told Brexit Minister Lord Frost the UK’s stance was imperilling the peace process. She had been ordered to issue the diplomatic rebuke, known as a demarche, a step rarely taken between allies, The Times said.

They are often issued alongside a summons for the country’s ambassador to attend the Foreign Office.

Queen will welcome Joe Biden with pomp and ceremony at Windsor: Grenadier Guards will give Royal Salute to US president and First Lady Jill Biden while Star-Spangled Banner is played this Sunday 

The Queen will host US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden for tea at Windsor Castle this Sunday following the G7 summit, royal officials confirmed today.

The 95-year-old monarch will welcome Mr Biden, who will be the 13th serving US president she has formally received, and his wife at the dais in the quadrangle.

A Guard of Honour will be formed of the Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards, who will give a Royal Salute, and the US National Anthem will be played.

Mr Biden will then accompany the Officer Commanding the Guard of Honour, Major James Taylor, and Major General Christopher Ghika, to inspect the Guard of Honour.

The President will then return to the dais to watch the military march past alongside The Queen and his wife.

The Bidens will then join the Queen for tea in the castle. 

Government minutes from June 3 reveal Lord Frost was told of President Biden’s ‘great concern’ in a tense encounter in which Ms Lempert is said to have ‘slowly and gravely read her instructions aloud’.

She is said to have implied the UK had been ‘inflaming the rhetoric’ and asked if the Government would ‘keep it cool’. She also warned the dispute between Britain and the EU was ‘commanding the attention’ of Mr Biden ahead of his meeting with the PM today. 

The memo said the US ‘strongly urged’ Britain to come to a ‘negotiated settlement’ even if it meant ‘unpopular compromises’. But Ms Lempert, who is America’s most senior diplomat in Britain, said that if the UK could accept demands to follow EU rules on agricultural standards, Mr Biden would ensure the matter ‘wouldn’t negatively affect the chances of reaching a US/UK free trade deal.’

The rebuke came as crunch talks between Britain and Brussels over sausage imports failed to make a breakthrough.

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic threatened to retaliate if the UK takes unilateral action to continue the flow of British-produced chilled meats to Northern Ireland.  

Senior Brexiteers have blasted Mr Biden for failing to side with Britain in its ‘sausage war’ trade row with the EU over Northern Ireland, with one astonishingly branding the President ‘senile’.  

DUP leader Edwin Boots lashed out at Mr Biden, accusing him of trying to drive ‘a coach and horses through the Good Friday Agreement’ that guarantees sectarian peace in Northern Ireland’.

Mr Poots, who wants the Northern Ireland Protocol removed, told the BBC: ‘This is effectively a constitutional change. Would president Biden for example allow Alaska, which is separate and distinct from the rest of the land block of the USA, but still part of the USA, to be taking laws from Canada, and have its laws applied from Canada?’

And an anonymous Tory MP told Politico:  ‘America should remember who their allies are… unfortunately he’s (Biden) so senile that he probably won’t remember what we tell him anyway. Unless an aide is listening I’m not sure he’s going to remember for very long.’      

The row now seems certain to overshadow talks between Mr Johnson and Mr Biden today ahead of the G7 meeting of world leaders in Cornwall. Mr Biden arrived in the UK with huge fanfare last night. 

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday that the protocol was the ‘one and only solution’ to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and that she still saw ‘fundamental gaps’ in Britain’s implementation of it.

EU institution leaders will use the summit to tell Mr Johnson that Britain and the EU had both agreed the protocol governing Northern Ireland trade arrangements and that Britain must apply it and not make unilateral changes.

‘We will discuss that in a trilateral meeting in Cornwall together.

We are determined to do everything to keep peace and stability on the island of Ireland. It is important that there is deep respect for the protocol,’ von der Leyen told a news conference. 

A ban affecting goods including burgers and chicken nuggets is due to come into force at the end of this month when a grace period expires. 

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

The graphic above details the various components of ‘The Beast’ which is not carrying President Biden around Cornwall 

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Donald Trump rode in the seven-ton Beast when he visited London in 2019

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Joe Biden’s 17-vehicle motorcade charged through a sleepy Cornish town in the middle of the night, complete with a bulletproof limo, anti-IED jamming truck, an ambulance and dozens of heavily armed Security Service agents

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Mr Biden’s huge security detail includes dozens of Security Service agents, who can be seen in several large vehicles

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

British police officers stand guard in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 10, 2021, ahead of the three-day G7 summit

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Police at the media centre in Falmouth, ahead of Joe Biden’s bilateral meeting with Boris Johnson today before the G7 summit

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

British police officers patrol outide the security fence erected around the perimeter of Carbis Bay, Cornwall

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

A seven-car entourage was seen travelling through Carbis Bay in Cornwall ahead of the G7 Summit, which begins tomorrow

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Police patrol by the harbour in St Ives, Cornwall on June 10, 2021, ahead of the G7 summit

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

The President and his wife Jill arrived at RAF Mildenhall to address US Air Force personnel stationed in Britain.

At the start of his speech he told the standing troops to sit by saying ‘at ease’, then said: ‘I keep forgetting I am president’. They later flew on to Newquay (pictured)

EU threatens the UK with a ‘sausage trade war’ as talks over Northern Ireland trade rules end in stalemate 

The EU yesterday threatened to launch a trade war against Britain if it fails to implement checks on goods entering Northern Ireland under the terms of the Brexit ‘divorce’ settlement.

After talks in London on averting a ‘sausage war’ ended without a breakthrough, European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic said patience with the UK was wearing ‘very, very thin’.

His warning came after Brexit Minister Lord Frost refused to rule out the prospect that the UK could unilaterally delay imposing checks on British-made sausages and other chilled meats due to come into force at the end of the month. 

Following three-and-a-half hours of discussions at Admiralty House, Lord Frost accused Brussels of adopting an ‘extremely purist’ approach to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol in the Withdrawal Agreement signed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

But in a press conference afterwards, Mr Sefcovic insisted the EU has shown ‘enormous patience’ in the face of ‘numerous and fundamental gaps’ in the UK’s compliance with the agreement.

It came as it emerged that Lord Frost will accompany Boris Johnson to the G7 summit in Cornwall this week to avoid a Brexit ambush by the EU.  

President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said the US does not want to see any action that would put at risk the Northern Ireland peace process, which the Protocol is designed to protect.

Ahead of Mr Biden’s meeting with Mr Johnson on Thursday, before the G7 summit in Cornwall, Mr Sullivan said it is up to the two sides to find an agreed way forward.

The Prime Minister said that there needed to be a solution to the Brexit row that protects the ‘economic and territorial integrity’ of the UK.

He told reporters in Cornwall: ‘On the Northern Ireland Protocol, let’s be absolutely clear the purpose is to uphold the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, to make sure that we keep the balance in relationships in Northern Ireland.

‘Of course, there’s a north-south dimension to that, between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, making sure that trade flows freely there.

‘There’s also an east-west dimension, that’s very, very clearly at the heart of what the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement is trying to do.

‘So, what we want to do is make sure that we can have a solution that guarantees the peace process, protects the peace process, but also guarantees the economic and territorial integrity of the whole United Kingdom.’

Long-standing Eurosceptic Tory John Redwood today said: ‘If President Biden wishes to back a good outcome on the island of Ireland he needs to press the EU to respect the UK internal market and the views of the majority in Northern Ireland. It is the EU disrupting trade.’

Mr Sefcovic warned that the EU’s patience with the UK over its implementation of post-Brexit border rules in the Northen Ireland Protocol governing trade was ‘wearing very, very thin’.

Speaking at a press conference in London after three-and-a-half hours of talks with Lord Frost, he claimed Brussels had shown ‘enormous patience’ with Britain.

Mr Sefcovic said relations with the UK were ‘at a crossroads’ – and warned that Brussels was ready to launch retaliatory action if Mr Johnson extends the grace period.

‘Of course, as you would understand, the fact that I mentioned that we are at a crossroads means that our patience really is wearing very, very thin, and therefore we have to assess all options we have at our disposal,’ he added.

‘I was talking about the legal action, I was talking about arbitration, and of course I’m talking about the cross-retaliation.’

Mr Sefcovic said the EU ‘will not be shy’ in launching retaliation. He declined to set out the exact measures Brussels was willing to take, but suggested it could include retaliatory tariffs and quotas on British exports or ‘non-co-operation’ in areas like financial services.

The PM had said that his Brexit deal would not require any additional checks on goods traded between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. But Mr Sefcovic said proper implementation of the deal would require ‘many checks’.

In a calculated barb, he suggested ministers may not have fully understood the consequences of the deal they were signing. ‘When the agreement was being negotiated it might be that our British partners could not fully estimate the consequences of the Brexit they had chosen – what it would mean to leave the single market and customs union, how complex it would be for business and government,’ he said.

Mr Sefcovic conceded that British meat products had been produced to the same standards as those in the EU for decades.

But he said there was ‘no guarantee’ this would continue and claimed the import of sausages from the UK could cause ‘public health’ problems in the future. He said the EU had offered a deal which would solve ’80 per cent of the problems’. This would involve the UK agreeing to align with EU standards on the relevant products – an idea the PM has ruled out.

Mr Sefcovic said this could be on a ‘temporary’ basis, with the UK allowed to renegotiate if it strikes a major trade deal with the US.

Lord Frost insisted there is still time to reach an agreement before the current ‘grace period’ for chilled meats ends, but said the UK will consider ‘all options’ if it proves impossible.

A senior source later confirmed that includes the option of extending the grace period unilaterally. 

‘The PM has been pretty clear that he can’t see a reason why we shouldn’t be able to sell the British banger in Northern Ireland. The biosecurity risk is zero.’ 

EU officials say without an agreement by July 1, there should be no fresh meat that moves from the British mainland to the province. 

At their arrival on Wednesday night, Joe and Jill Biden received a warm welcome at the base, garnering several rounds of applause. They spoke outdoors as the sun set behind them.

Both Bidens wore face masks but took them off to speak. 

President Biden also mentioned his late son Beau, a major in the Delaware Army National Guard. He teared up as he thanked military personnel the Royal Air Force Mildenhall for their service.

‘I wish my major was here to thank you as well,’ he said referencing his late son, who died of brain cancer in 2015.  ‘You’re the best of our country,’ he added.

He also outlined the goals of his trip and the message he wanted to give to world:  ‘The United States is back and the democracies of the world are standing together to face the toughest challenges.’

Mr Biden said during his meetings with fellow leaders, he would focus on COVID, climate change, and on protecting themselves from ‘the growing threat of ransomware attacks…[and] the autocrats who are letting it happen.’

After his G7 meeting, Mr Biden will meet in Brussels with NATO and EU leaders, where the Russian and Chinese threats will top the agenda.  

After his remarks, the President left the stage to shake hands with service members. Before the president spoke, Jill Biden admonished him to focus when she addressed the troops.

‘Joe pay attention,’ the first lady told the president. She had just told the service members to sit down. President Biden, standing behind her, turned around to see the troops positioned behind the stage.

That was when the first lady asked chided him to watch her as she addressed Air Force personnel at Royal Air Force Mildenhall.

In her brief remarks, the first lady thanked the troops for their service and touted her Joining Forces initiative – a group she formed with then-first lady Michelle Obama to support families of American troops. 

‘I hope that you know how special you are.

And we are so grateful for your and your family’s service,’ she said. 

Biden’s Cornish West Wing: US president and G7 leaders hole up in GBP200-a-night castle hotel that has been turned into a fortress in staycation hotspot St Ives

World leaders attending the G7 summit in Cornwall this weekend will spend their downtime at a GBP200-a-night 18th century castle that has been turned into a fortress. 

The Grade II-listed Tregenna Castle Resort was built in 1774 and will be home for the likes of US president Joe Biden between discussions at the summit.

And Mr Biden will feel right at home with the hotel’s best rooms dubbed the West Wing Sea View rooms with stunning views over St Ives. 

Set in 72 acres with commanding views of the St Ives coastline, the Treganna Castle was seen as the perfect place for world leaders to stay and relax after attending meetings of the G7 summit.

With its secluded grounds, manicured lawns and an 18-hole golf course – an ideal landing spot for US President Joe Biden’s Marine One helicopter – it is by far the largest and grandest hotel in Cornwall.

With 98 rooms and 55 apartments it was large enough to cope with the President’s entourage of advisors and Secret Service agents as well as other world leaders from France, Germany, Italy and Japan.

Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie will also be in residence during the summit taking place a short distance away at the Carbis Bay Hotel.

And to ensure the privacy of the world leaders, a giant fence has been erected around Tregenna, with police on patrol with sniffer dogs and extra lighting installed. 

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Tregenna Castle Resort was built in 1774 and will be home for the likes of US president Joe Biden between discussions at the summit

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

The Tregenna Castle Resort in St. Ives, Cornwall.

World leaders attending the G7 summit will be staying at the hotel resort

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Pictured: Self-contained apartments at the hotel resort.

Set in 72 acres with commanding views of the St Ives coastline, the Treganna Castle was seen as the perfect place for world leaders to stay and relax

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

The US President and his wife Jill are thought to be staying in one of the self-contained apartments (pictured) with spectacular views over St Ives Bay or one of the West Wing suites

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

With 98 rooms and 55 apartments the hotel is large enough to cope with the President’s entourage of advisors and Secret Service agents as well as other world leaders from France, Germany, Italy and Japan

The hotel is less than a ten minute drive from the Carbis Bay Hotel in Cornwall where Mr Biden and Mr Johnson will be attempting to thrash out agreements on issues like climate change, international travel and Northern Ireland, alongside other world leaders.

Perched on top of a hill overlooking Carbis Bay on the Cornish coastline, politicians will be able to explore Tregenna’s secluded grounds and natural woodlands – and perhaps even enjoy a friendly game on its 18-hole golf course. 

They will also be able to take a dip in the hotel’s indoor or outdoor swimming pools, a round of tennis on its two all-weather courts or even a workout in its well-stocked fitness suite. 

The US President and his wife Jill are thought to be staying in one of the self-contained apartments with spectacular views over St Ives Bay or one of the West Wing suites. 

Tregenna was built in 1774 as a 12-bedroom private home for a wealthy Cornishman with a love for the sea.

Samuel Stephens commissioned the build of the house from local granite. The house remained in the family until it was sold by their final heir, John Stephens, to a family of local bankers, the Bolithos, in 1871.

The hotel is named after the hill in St Ives which it was built upon with the renowned architect John Wood the Younger, best known for Bath’s Royal Crescent, designing the home.

The Bolithos acquired the house at the same time that Isambard Kingdom Brunel was building the Great Western Railway from London to Penzance to serve the West of England.

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Tregenna was built in 1774 as a 12-bedroom private home for a wealthy Cornishman with a love for the sea

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Guests will be able to take a dip in the hotel’s indoor or outdoor swimming pools, a round of tennis on its two all-weather courts or even a workout in its well-stocked fitness suite

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

The hotel is named after the hill in St Ives which it was built upon with the renowned architect John Wood the Younger, best known for Bath’s Royal Crescent, designing the hom

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Mr Biden will feel right at home with the hotel’s best rooms dubbed the West Wing Sea View rooms with stunning views over St Ives

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Great Western Railway bought the hotel in 1895 and it was so popular they later named two steam locomotives after the castle resort

At the time it was then fashionable for all the great railway companies to establish destination hotels by the sea.

Great Western Railway bought the hotel in 1895 and it was so popular they later named two steam locomotives after the castle resort.

Sir Daniel Gooch, the chairman of the GWR, stayed at the hotel a few weeks after it opened to the public and recorded in his diary: ‘The situation of this house is very fine; it is a castle within its own grounds of about 70 acres (28 ha), a great part of which are gardens and woods with pretty shaded walks.’

The hotel underwent major development throughout the early 1900s.

The West Wing was completed in 1932 with one of the guests Hitler’s Ambassador, Herr Von Ribbentrop.

It’s said that he later sent a message back which stated that on no account was St Ives to be bombed as he wished to live in Tregenna when ‘they’ had won the war.

Under the current owners, the Treganna Hotel Estate, the luxury destination has hosted many famous guests, from the late Duke of Edinburgh, former Prime Minister John Major, actress Dame Judy Dench and singer David Bowie.

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

The West Wing was completed in 1932 with one of the guests Hitler’s Ambassador, Herr Von Ribbentrop.

It’s said that he later sent a message back which stated that on no account was St Ives to be bombed as he wished to live in Tregenna when ‘they’ had won the war

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Under the current owners, the Treganna Hotel Estate, the luxury destination has hosted many famous guests, from the late Duke of Edinburgh, former Prime Minister John Major, actress Dame Judy Dench and singer David Bowie

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

The cast of the hit TV series Poldark, including its star Aiden Turner, also stayed at the hotel while filming the BBC series

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Away from the G7 summit the hotel is popular for weddings with two indoor and four outdoor venues

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

Extinction Rebellion protesters pictured on a bridge in Reruth near the site of the G7 summit in Cornwall this morning

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

A ring of steel surrounding the G7 summit has seen 11,000 police officers and 150 sniffer dogs gather to combat potential threats

G7 summit 2021: Biden's 17-car motorcade charges through Cornish town

To ensure the privacy of the world leaders, a giant fence has been erected around Tregenna, with police on patrol with sniffer dogs and extra lighting installed 

The cast of the hit TV series Poldark, including its star Aiden Turner, also stayed at the hotel while filming the BBC series. 

As well as the 18-hole President’s golf course there are two swimming pools for leisure activities.

Away from the G7 summit the hotel is popular for weddings with two indoor and four outdoor venues.

A ring of steel surrounding the G7 summit has seen 11,000 police officers and 150 sniffer dogs gather to combat potential threats.

President Biden and his wife Jill flew into Newquay Airport shortly before midnight and were driven to their accommodation at Treganna in a convoy of cars flanked by police outriders.