2024 Election Breaking News: First Democratic Senator Calls on Biden to Drop Out of Race
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2024 Election Breaking News: First Democratic Senator Calls on Biden to Drop Out of Race

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President Joe Biden meets with British Prime Minister Keir Starmer in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, July 10, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden welcomed new British Prime Minister Keir Starmer to the Oval Office, saying he saw Britain as “the nexus that holds together the transatlantic alliance.”

The meeting on the sidelines of the 75th NATO summit in Washington followed a telephone call between the leaders last week when Starmer took office.

Biden praised Starmer for “seeking closer ties with Europe”, saying it would be good for the entire NATO alliance.

“This special relationship is incredibly important,” Starmer replied.

The two leaders engaged in a casual conversation in the Oval Office rather than delivering prepared statements. The leaders began with a light-hearted discussion of England’s victory over the Netherlands in soccer, with Biden noting that soccer is now more popular in the U.S. than ever before.

Biden appeared to ignore a barrage of questions about his political future and doubts within the party about his re-election campaign. He responded to a question about Democratic donor and actor George Clooney by calling on him to quit by saying, “AFL-CIO, Go, Go, Go,” an apparent reference to his Wednesday morning speech with the union.