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Canadian PM makes first official visit to US in almost 20 years

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 12:00 AM
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, greet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, center, and Sophie Gregoire, left, during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington,yesterday.


President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met yesterday in their first Oval Office meeting.

The two leaders strolled into the Oval Office together following an elaborate White House arrival ceremony. Trudeau is in Washington for the first official visit by a Canadian prime minister in nearly two decades.

Obama and Trudeau shook hands, but said little as reporters were briefly allowed in to the start of their meeting.

Prime Minster Trudeau is linking himself to President Obama and the US agenda.

Trudeau said his new, liberal government is promoting economic policies that resemble the Obama administration's proposals. He said the two governments "share and are working on the exact same objectives".

President Barack Obama said the United States and Canada are steadfast allies and the closest of friends, and he can't remember the last time Americans were so excited about the visit of a Canadian prime minister.

But Obama, at a White House arrival ceremony for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also is cracking jokes about differences between the neighbours, such as which country has the best beer and who was better at hockey.

"Where's the Stanley Cup right now?" Obama joked, before answering his own question: The Chicago Blackhawks won it last year.

Trudeau pointed out that some of the top players on the team come from Canada.