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White House works to inject stateliness into a virtual visit from Justin Trudeau

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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When President Joe Biden welcomes his Canadian counterpart to the White House on Tuesday to "reinvigorate" a cross-border relationship strained under his predecessor, he will do so by addressing a large television monitor.

(CNN)When President Joe Biden welcomes his Canadian counterpart to the White House on Tuesday to "reinvigorate" a cross-border relationship strained under his predecessor, he will do so by addressing a large television monitor.

So Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will beam into the West Wing from Ottawa, his bearded visage positioned next to Biden on a large screen as each man does his best to replicate the traditional choreography of a White House bilateral meeting.

The two leaders are expected to produce a "road map" for reinvigorating collaboration between their countries that will guide areas such as climate change and the economy, administration officials said, characterizing the result as superior to the static joint statement or communiqué that is the usual result of a bilateral meeting.

"They're not going to be in person, but the two leaders get along very well, have great rapport, so we wanted to create a smaller session so the two of them could really have that experience that they would normally have in the Oval," a senior administration official said on Monday, previewing a meeting that is expected to center on the two countries' economic ties, combating the pandemic and addressing climate change.

Senior US administration officials said they wanted to elevate the Biden-Trudeau event into something more than just a high-level Zoom, preserving some of the optics and stateliness of an official visit from a foreign leader, even if the leader himself is sitting in another country almost 600 miles away.

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