Boris Johnson and Donald Trump were pictured this morning, as they met for breakfast at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France. The G7 (or Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The group regards itself as "a community of values", with freedom and human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and prosperity and sustainable development as its key principles. Following their breakfast, Donald described Boris as ”the right man” to deliver Brexit.
Boris Johnson & Donald Trump body language: Leaders ‘mirror’ each other at G7 summit
Asked what his advice was for Brexit, the US president said: “He [Johnson] needs no advice, he is the right man for the job” to which Boris said Trump was “on message there”.
Body language expert Judi James analysed their exchange and she told Express.co.uk the two leaders appeared to be “mirroring” each others behaviour, with Boris in particular making it clear whose side he wanted to be seen on.
She said: “Boris’s body language with Trump seemed like a very clear and emphatic declaration of whose side of the playground he wanted to be seen on.
“Following some ill-fitting rituals with EU leaders like Macron and Merkel, Boris arrived on the staircase for breakfast, standing behind the US president using enough mirroring and upped status signals to suggest like-minded rapport between two men who share several behavioural and charismatic traits.”
In images released from the meeting, the pair can be seen looking deep in conversation at the breakfast table as they smiled and joked.
“Over breakfast the men used mirroring techniques, with Boris’s clamped smile and jutted jaw suggesting he had gone into full Churchill mode, a sign that he saw himself at his ideal level of world politics here," Judi revealed.
Boris Johnson & Donald Trump body language: The world leaders met for breakfast at the G7 summit (Image: Getty Images)
Boris Johnson & Donald Trump body language: Boris seemed to make his feelings clear (Image: Getty Images)
“Trump pointed to Boris in a semi-stab to suggest some play-fighting and Boris’s reply of a finger-duel but with an open-mouthed laugh would have hinted the pair have some interesting skirmishes to come, but very much in the style of mentor and mini-me rather than horn-locking alphas.”
Other images showed Donald with his arm around Boris as they made their way down a staircase, after the morning meal.