Joe Biden calls Irish PM Michael Martin – but still no chat with Boris Johnson

JOE Biden has spoken with the leaders of Ireland and Canada – but Boris Johnson has yet to get his call.

Justin Trudeau and Micheal Martin have both posted messages about their discussions with the soon-to-be President in the last 24 hours.

But Mr Martin later deleted his tweet, which read: "Just finished a very positive call with US President Elect @JoeBiden."

Mr Trudeau, Canada's premier, said last night he had congratulated him on his election.

He added: "We’ve worked with each other before, and we’re ready to pick up on that work and tackle the challenges and opportunities facing our two countries – including climate change and COVID-19."

But the British PM has yet to receive a call from the next US President.

Yesterday No10 dismissed concerns about being further down the line to chat to Mr Biden.

A spokesperson for the PM said: "No. That’s not something that we are concerned about.

"Britain and the US have been, and will remain, close partners cooperating across security, defence, trade and diplomacy.

"As the PM set out, the UK and the US have much more in common than divides us, and our countries will stand together to protect our shared values."

But they could not say when they were expecting the two to chat.

Boris and President Trump had a close relationship, but Mr Biden and the PM haven't ever met.

It came after a message from Mr Johnson to Joe Biden sent on Saturday evening was revealed to have had a message for Trump hidden inside in error.

Downing Street were left red-faced when it emerged that a photograph of a message to the new leader contained the words 'Trump' in the background – in an apparent mistake.

A Government spokesperson said: “As you’d expect, two statements were prepared in advance for the outcome of this closely contested election.

"A technical error meant that parts of the alternative message were embedded in the background of the graphic.”

President Trump has yet to concede the election and congratulate the result to Mr Biden.

Yesterday hopes for a bumper trade deal with the US were given a huge boost today – as even Sir Keir Starmer backed one under the soon-to-be President Biden.

The Labour boss stressed Mr Biden was a "friend of Britain" and added: "I’m sure he will want to do a trade deal with us".

And Sir Keir was today was backed by Gordon Brown, despite fears that the UK may not be top of the incoming administration's priorities.

"Joe Biden has always been a great friend of Great Britain," he said.

However, he warned that a deal might not be done "immediately" as he wanted to see a trade deal struck between the EU and the UK first.

Mr Brown said Mr Biden wanted to come to the UK for an official visit within six months of coming into office – in a huge boost for the special relationship. 

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