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Obama and Trudeau Toast the US and Canada as “Siblings” at the White House

Mr Obama said both countries "don't always express how valuable the alliance is"
Mr Obama said both countries “don’t always express how valuable the alliance is”

By Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural

West Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/16/16 – US President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lavished praise upon each other during the first official visit by a Canadian leader in nearly 20 years.  Mr. Trudeau toasted the two nations as “siblings” during a state dinner held for Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau.
During his toast Mr. Trudeau referred to the 25,000 refugees from Syria who have arrived in Canada in the past four months, saying that “diversity can be a source of strength.”  Trudeau described his “friend Barack” as “a man of both tremendous heart and tremendous intellect” after a private meeting at the White House which followed.

The Obamas and Trudeaus prepare to dine at the White House official state dinner
The Obamas and Trudeaus prepare to dine at the White House official state dinner

Earlier, Mr. Obama said that the two leaders shared ” a common outlook” and that Mr. Trudeau had brought new energy and dynamism not only to Canada but to the relationship between the nations.  He added that the US and Canada were “blessed to be neighbors.”

The leaders have pledged co-operation on liberalizing investment and trade, promoting clean energy, and preventing foreign fighters from traveling to the Middle East.  They also agreed to set “world class” standards on commercial activities in the Arctic, including oil and gas exploration.
Despite occasional disagreements, the US and Canada are “united in a common purpose,” said Trudeau.  Obama and Trudeau share a progressive political agenda and are often compared with one other.
"Here in America, you may well be the most popular Canadian named Justin", Mr Obama joked in a reference to Canadian pop star Justin Bieber
“Here in America, you may well be the most popular Canadian named Justin”, Mr Obama joked in a reference to Canadian pop star Justin Bieber

President Obama, 54, sees in Prime Minister Trudeau a man who shares his political views as well as his early rhetoric of hope and change.  Choosing his words carefully, Trudeau said he looked forwarding to working with whoever US voters elected to the White House in 2016.

1 comment on “Obama and Trudeau Toast the US and Canada as “Siblings” at the White House

  1. Love this final line: “Choosing his words carefully, Trudeau said he looked forwarding to working with whoever US voters elected to the White House in 2016.” Smart man.

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