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Message in a jacket: Jill Biden offers ‘love’ during UK trip

AP/Carbis Bay, England
Filed on June 10, 2021
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (2R), his wife Carrie Johnson (L) and US President Joe Biden and US First Lady Jill Biden, wearing a jacket bearing the words 'love', look out over the sea, prior to a meeting at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, on Thursday.

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'We're bringing a love from America,' says US first lady while explaining her fashion choice


Jill Biden is sending a sartorial message of “love” as she accompanies her husband President Joe Biden overseas.

The first lady wore a black jacket with the word “love” outlined on the back in silver beading as she and the president met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Thursday. She wore the same jacket more than two years ago to kick off Biden’s presidential campaign.

“We’re bringing love from America,” she told reporters, explaining her fashion choice.

“This is a global conference and we are trying to bring unity across the globe and I think it’s needed right now, that people feel a sense of unity from all the countries and feel a sense hope after this year of the pandemic.”

Biden is known for her sartorial choices, often donning bright pastels or eye-catching patterns for her outings on behalf of the Biden administration. She is rarely seen without a kitten heel or stiletto boot, adding height to her petite frame.

And this isn’t the first time she’s sent a direct message with her clothes: During a campaign trip to Iowa late last year, Biden wore black skinny jeans bearing the word “VOTE” down each calf.

Biden’s jacket and pants come in contrast to the last first lady to offer a message with her clothes: Melania Trump wore a jacket that read “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” during a trip to a detention center for migrant children in 2018. She wore a different jacket at the shelter.

The first lady is accompanying her husband during the UK leg of his foreign trip, where she’ll participate in spouses’ activities at the Group of Seven summit, and a couple of events focused on military veterans and their families. She joined Johnson’s wife, Carrie Johnson, for tea Thursday.

It marks Biden’s first overseas visit as president. Along with his participation in the G-7 summit and a NATO summit in Brussels, he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Biden said her husband had been “studying for weeks” for the trip and joked that he is “over-prepared.”

“Joe loves foreign policy. This is his forte,” she said.





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