WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will maintain a digital tête-à-tête with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday – his first bilateral assembly – centered on the response to COVID-19, financial cooperation and different shared pursuits among the many two shut allies.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated she expects Biden to spotlight the “strong and deep partnership between the United States and Canada as neighbors, friends, and NATO allies.”
Trudeau was the primary international chief to congratulate Biden on his election win, and maybe it is no surprise.
The U.S.-Canada relationship was deeply strained throughout the Trump administration, with tensions spiking over commerce and spilling over into private insults. Former President Donald Trump disparaged Canadians as a bunch of commerce cheaters, and he mercilessly mocked Trudeau as “very dishonest and weak.”
Although the Trump administration ultimately cast a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, the Trump-Trudeau relationship remained fraught. In 2019, a viral video surfaced by which the Canadian prime minister and different world leaders had been overheard having a laugh at Trump’s expense throughout a NATO summit. Trump responded by calling Trudeau “two-faced.”
By distinction, Tuesday’s assembly between Biden and Trump is anticipated to be stuffed with diplomatic niceties and a return to normalcy.
An administration official, briefing reporters on the situation of anonymity, stated the assembly would lead to a “roadmap to re-invigorate U.S.-Canada collaboration,” significantly on local weather change.
The White House stated the 2 leaders will announce the launch of “a high-level climate ministerial” and commit “to increase the scale and speed of action toward the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.”
That’s not to say there will not be areas of disagreement.
On his first day in workplace, Biden canceled the allow for the Keystone XL pipeline, a challenge to transfer heavy crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, rescinding Trump’s approval of a challenge lengthy criticized by environmentalists.
Trudeau expressed “disappointment” with the choice, the prime minister’s workplace stated after Biden’s announcement. It’s not clear if Trudeau will search to revisit the Keystone difficulty in Tuesday’s assembly, however the administration official stated Biden will stand by his choice.
The United States and Canada have lengthy loved heat relations, sure by a shared border that stretches 5,525 miles, together with in depth commerce and funding ties.
Contributing: Michael Collins