President Biden said on Tuesday that he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have agreed to work together to counter China’s influence and combat racism and global warming.
Biden and Trudeau met virtually on Tuesday, with the White House billed as Biden’s first bilateral meeting with the world leader.
But in comments following the virtual meeting, the two world leaders did not mention their disagreement over Biden’s inaugural executive action of building the Keystone XL oil pipeline from the US after Canada, costing thousands of jobs on either side of the northern border.
Trudeau said last month that he was “disappointed” by Biden’s move to revoke the pipeline’s permit. Trudeau had said he had “spoken directly” to Biden about the $ 8 billion project in November, and other Canadian officials “made the case in its favor” for high-level officials in the incoming administration.
“We both recognize our responsibility worldwide as leading democracies to protect their shared values and to strengthen our own democracies at home,” Biden said in a speech on Tuesday in a non-public video-stream Vali said after about two hours of conversation.
“It includes our institutions and our laws, as well as our hearts, to include systemic racism and subliminal prejudice. Today, we look forward to re-establishing the cross-border crime platform and modernizing our approach to community safety. Agreed to work together, and all to do – most, the most we can do more to take apart racism and discrimination in both our systems. ”
Biden said he and Trudeau together on inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 epidemic “using the tools available through the Small and Medium Enterprises chapter of our business agreement to support women and minority-owned businesses” Agreed to do the work. “
Biden and Trudeau said they would like to work together on global warming.
“We also doubted our efforts to tackle climate change, it was really encouraging. Now that the United States is back in the Paris Agreement, we intend to demonstrate our leadership to other countries to increase their ambitions, ”said Biden.
“Canada and the United States are going to work in lockstep to demonstrate the seriousness of our commitment both at home and abroad. Towards this goal, we are launching a high-level Climate Ambition Ministry to increase our policies and goals by 2050, and will achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Biden also called for China to release two jailed Canadians, Michael Spawer and Michael Kovig.
He said, ‘Humans are not bartering chips. And we are going to work together until we get their safe return, ”said Biden.
During a break from the custom in bilateral meetings between US presidents and foreign leaders, reporters were not questioned after the leaders’ speeches.
The virtual engagement began with a brief public availability where the press was allowed to follow the introduction between Biden and Trudeau. The Canadian Prime Minister told Biden, “Thank you again for taking such a big step to tackle climate change.” The American leadership has been badly missed over the years.