British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could not resist poking fun of the media as he opened the G-7 summit, the first major meeting of foreign leaders as the world slowly reopens after the coronavirus pandemic.
Johnson, the summit’s host, concluded his remarks by asking reporters, TV crews, and photographers to leave the room so the leaders could start their closed-door discussions.
“This is meant to be a fireside chat between the great democracies of the world,” a tousled-haired Johnson said Friday in Cornwall, England. “It’s turned into a gigantic media circus in which we have to greet each other several times.”
Johnson’s comments prompted aides to usher media representatives from the workspace, complete with a round G-7 logo emblazoned table. Most of the world leaders travel with a group of journalists from their home countries, and each typically gets a chance inside the meeting room