Prime Minister Trudeau in Washington

PHOTO: COURTESY THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINSTER Prime Minster Trudeau and President Obama talk to the crowd at the White House.

PMO PHOTO by –  Adam Scotti (March 2016)
Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama hold a joint press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House.    —   Le premier ministre Trudeau et le président Obama tiennent une conférence de presse conjointe dans la Roseraie, à la Maison-Blanche.


 

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Americans are excited about Prime Minister Trudeau.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the President of the United States. He stayed for three days.

This was the first official visit of a Canadian Prime Minister to the United States in 20 years.

Hundreds of people greeted Prime Minister Trudeau at the White House in Washington, D.C. The White House was decorated with Canadian and American flags.

“We are very proud to welcome the first official visit by a Canadian prime minister in nearly 20 years. About time, eh?” U.S. President Obama said.

“We have a common outlook on the world, and I have to say I have never seen so many Americans excited about the visit of a Canadian prime minister.”

A person in the crowd said, “Obviously he’s very good-looking, he’s very exciting, he’s very progressive. And that plays really well in D.C.”

The U.S. President will come to Canada in June.

President Barack Obama will come to Ottawa in June. He will address Canada’s Parliament.

This will be the first time a U.S. President has spoken to parliament since the1990s. President Obama is popular in Canada.

PHOTO: COURTESY THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINSTER Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, Michelle Obama, Justin Trudeau, and Barack Obama.

PMO PHOTO by – Adam Scotti (March 2016)
Prime Minister Trudeau and Sophie are welcomed to the White House State Dinner by President Obama and Mrs. Obama. March 10, 2016.  —   Le premier ministre Trudeau et Sophie sont accueillis au dîner d’État à la Maison-Blanche par le président Obama et Mme Obama. 10 mars 2016

Trudeau’s visit to Washington was friendly.

Both leaders were friendly. Trudeau described the president as “my friend” and “Barack.”

Obama said people are inspired by Trudeau’s message of hope and change.

The leaders agreed to work together.

  • to start a better system for crossing the U.S. / Canada border
  • to slow down methane emissions as part of a plan on climate change
  • to compromise and stop the disagreements about softwood lumber
  • to co-ordinate with aboriginal peoples about Arctic development
  • to support cleaner energy

Mr. Obama and Mr. Trudeau agree that solving the challenges of globalization requires openness. Isolation is not the solution.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he was pleased Canada welcomed 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. The crowd applauded.

PHOTO: COURTESY THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINSTER Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Justine Trudeau

PMO PHOTO by Adam Scotti (March 2016)
Prime Minister Trudeau attends a luncheon hosted by the Secretary of State of the United States of America, John Kerry.   —   Le premier ministre Trudeau participe à un dîner tenu par le secrétaire d’État des États-Unis d’Amérique, John Kerry.

Canada and the U.S. are good neighbours.

President Obama told the crowd that Canada and the United States are blessed to be neighbours, allies and close friends. He joked that the countries disagree about things like good beer and hockey.

Obama said Americans don’t always appreciate their Canadian allies.

“Our Canadian friends can be more reserved, more easy-going. We Americans can be a little louder, more boisterous and, as a result, we haven’t always conveyed how much we treasure our alliance and our ties with our Canadian friends.”

Trudeau tweeted:

On our own, we make progress. Together, we make history.

Learn more about Prime Minister Trudeau

Video: President Obama and Prime Minister speaking at White House dinner, Washington Post

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