UK's Johnson: Dealing with Biden a 'breath of fresh air'

UK's Johnson: Dealing with Biden a 'breath of fresh air'
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British Prime Minister Boris JohnsonBoris JohnsonUK cracks down on travel as omicron concerns rise British minister warns against 'snogging under the mistletoe' this year The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron MORE says working with President BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 MORE on climate change is "a breath of fresh air" compared to how it was with former President TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE.

"What I will say about Joe Biden and dealing with the new American president, yes, it is a breath of fresh air in the sense of the some things on which we can really really work together. And, you knew I was gonna bring it up — climate change, he’s great on that," Johnson told NBC's Savannah Guthrie in an interview that aired Tuesday on the "Today" show.

"And he wants to cut CO2. He wants to get to net zero by 2050, and he shares with me, a basic view that you can do this without penalizing the economy," Johnson added.

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Biden's approach to climate change is a stark contrast to Trump's, who announced in 2017 that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement. On his first day in office, Biden rejoined the climate accord.

During his interview with Guthrie, Johnson also discussed the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan, as well as the recent trilateral agreement between the U.S., U.K. and Australia that has drawn the ire of France.

Guthrie noted that China has called the agreement, which will see Australia developing at least eight nuclear submarines, a provocation.

"I think that's ridiculous," Johnson said. "There is no need whatever for anybody to construe this as adversarial towards them. This is about technology transfer."