Boris Johnson has cut a maverick figure on his trip to New York by not consistently wearing a mask.
Photos shared by the foreign ministry show the Prime Minister holding his mask in one hand and some papers in the other. However, Kamala Houston, Liz Truss, and Biden were all comfortably wearing facecovers while they set the Oval Office aflame.
Although Johnson appears to have been the one speaking during these photos, it is still quite jarring.
Johnson was trying for a trade deal to the USA during his trip. But on Tuesday, Biden said “we’ll have to work that through” creating the sense that this might not be the walk in the (Central) park Johnson had hoped.
They did find common ground, however, with both agreeing to further climate change action and the sharing of intelligence and military assets. During their three-day visit, they spoke out about keeping peace in Northern Ireland.
Johnson masks up in some photos to indicate that he was speaking at the moment.
Given their potential for controversy, maskless photos are not what we would expect from official government accounts to be shared on social media.
Indeed, some people questioned why he was the only person to go without a mask: