Boris Johnson receives a $6000 bike from Joe Biden, as well as a photo printed from Wikipedia.
At their first meeting on Thursday, President Joe Biden presented British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a new $6,000 custom-made touring bicycle and helmet.
In return, Johnson sent Biden a free-to-use Wikipedia photo of a British mural portraying Black 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass as part of the traditional exchange.
This week, the two presidents met for the first time in Cornwall, England, ahead of the G7 summit this weekend. Biden’s first international trip since entering office coincides with the meeting.
According to The Times of London, British government officials chose the photo after seeing it on Douglass’ Wikipedia page. According to reports, Johnson’s gift is a gesture to the Black Lives Matter movement, which has pushed for racial fairness in both countries.
According to the White House, Biden gifted the bike, which was imprinted with the American and British flags, as a “gesture of friendship and in acknowledgment of their shared love in cycling.”
During his time as Mayor of London, Johnson was an ardent cyclist who rode his bike to work on a regular basis.
This is a developing story, and more information will be added as it becomes available.