Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau renew ties put to trial by Donald Trump

"American leadership has declined over the years," Trudeau said.As a diplomacy, the meeting was somewhat of a halt and reminds of the persistence of the coronaires. Typically, Biden would have hosted Trudeau at the Oval Office, where cameras would have him sit next to each other in a classic Washington tableau.

Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau renew ties put to trial by Donald Trump
Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau renew ties put to trial by Donald Trump

President Joe Biden spoke in a video conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, his first virtual meeting with a foreign leader to restore the feeling of normalizing a key relationship brutally formed by former President Donald Trump Tried.

Trump often cast America's northern neighbor, close ally, and major trading partner as an economic predator and derided Trudeau as "two-faced", "weak" and "dishonest". Tuesday's tone is hardly different."The United States has no more close friends than Canada," Biden told Trudeau just before his meeting. "When the United States and Canada work together and lead together, we all serve best."

"American leadership has declined over the years," Trudeau said.As a diplomacy, the meeting was somewhat of a halt and reminds of the persistence of the coronaires. Typically, Biden would have hosted Trudeau at the Oval Office, where cameras would have him sit next to each other in a classic Washington tableau.

Instead, Biden sat at the head of a long wooden table in the Roosevelt Room of the White House and interacted with a two-dimensional Trudeau, who appeared on a television monitor, perhaps 20 feet away. He was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan.

Through distant screens, however, Trudeau was visibly relieved at the virtual presence of a new US president, as Trump wreaked havoc on one of the world's most daring cross-border relationships.In addition to troubling Trudeau, Trump imposed a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum imports. "Canada, as always, was taking advantage of us," Trump said when he renewed the tariffs in August.

"It's great to see that," Trudeau said on Tuesday, adding that he was "really excited" to work on climate change again with the United States, a topmost Canadian leader as well as for Biden. Priority.

Despite a wide generational gap - Biden is almost 30 years older than Trudeau, who is 49 - the two leaders are natural partners with similar political agendas. Trudeau was the first foreign leader to congratulate Biden for his election victory in November, and the first Biden was called after his swearing-in last month.

After their meeting, Biden and Trudeau made statements from the East Room of the White House, where by convention they held a short news conference, taking two news stories. In this case, Biden spoke to a lecture with another video screen showing Trudeau, and the men did not pose questions.

In their statements, Biden and Trudeau stated that they would cooperate not only on climate change but also on coronaviruses, as well as on restoring their respective economies and combating racial discrimination.

Biden also said that closer cooperation would allow the United States and Canada to compete more effectively with China. And he called for the release of two Canadian men in Beijing who were detained in China for more than two years as widespread retaliation for Canada's 2018 detention of a key Chinese technology executive at the request of US prosecutors is kept. He said, "Human is not bartering chips."

In his remarks prior to their meeting, Biden also stated that he saw Trudeau as an ally in his effort to revive the strength and image of democracy around the world."As leaders of major democracies, we have the responsibility to prove that democracy can still deliver for our people," Biden said, in reference to countries such as Russia and China. "There are a lot of leaders around the world who are trying to improve the argument to make it better."

But the relationship between the United States and Canada is not free. On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order canceling the Calgary company's construction permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a victory for environmental activists whom Trudeau said he was "disappointed." " is. American dairy producers are also opposed to Canadian price and supply controls, which they say have benefited their counterparts and put them at a disadvantage.

Canada also imposes duties on US dairy imports, a practice Trump called "a disgrace".But on Tuesday, such militancy seemed good in the past. There was a tone of humor in the midst of hard work ahead, and even leverage. After Trudeau moved to French at one point, Biden self-commented on his linguistic abilities.

He said, "I told you, Mr. Prime Minister, it took me five years in school and college," he said, "Every time I tried to speak it, I would fool myself, I stopped trying." ""At least when I try Spanish and I fool myself, they laugh with me," Biden said.

"At least when I try Spanish and I fool myself, they laugh with me," Biden said.In his closing remarks, Biden - a famously touchy, relationship-driven politician - acknowledged the sterility and awkwardness of an important meeting held through a screen."When I will be able to meet the person," I look forward. After a few moments, Biden bid farewell to his Francophone counterpart with a passive, if not very fluent, "au reprint".

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