Biden to focus on climate and COVID in meeting with Canada’s Trudeau

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President Joe Biden will present a new “roadmap” with Canada during his meeting Tuesday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the two allies plan to cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. The meeting is Biden’s first bilateral meeting with a foreign leader as president. The two leaders made brief statements at the opening of the meeting, which is held virtually due to the pandemic.

“I hope to see you in person in the future,” Biden said, reading from an iPad. “America has no closer friend than Canada,” the president told Trudeau, according to a report by the White House group. Trudeau said Canada was excited to work with the United States again on climate change, telling Biden: “The leadership of the United States has been sorely missed in recent years.” The White House called for the roadmap that Biden will reveal “a plan for our relationship with the entire government, based on our shared values ​​and commitment to working in partnership in areas of mutual concern, such as recovery from COVID-19 and security. global health, efforts to combat climate change and shared priorities in defense and security ”. There is a possibility that Trudeau will bring Biden back to the idea of ​​allowing Canada to buy vaccines from a Pfizer PFE plant, -1.02% in Michigan, an issue the Canadian leader brought up last month, according to the Associated Press. Biden, for now, remains focused on vaccinating the American population first, the AP said, citing a senior administration official. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in an afternoon briefing that she does not anticipate Biden giving Trudeau guarantees about obtaining those vaccines during the meeting, but that “all options are on the table in the future. ” Trudeau may also mention Biden’s “Buy American” executive order, which is designed to encourage the US government to spend more dollars on acquisitions to boost American factories and hiring. As AP writes, the issue is crucial for Canada, as the United States accounts for about 75% of its exports. Psaki said he did not expect Biden to make commitments on the issue at the meeting. Watch now: All of President Biden’s key executive orders – in one graphic The two leaders are expected to announce a strengthened commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and a concerted effort to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Also read: ‘Pittsburgh can ‘”Don’t win the day without Paris, or vice versa”: These mayors are allies, not enemies of climate change. Biden’s decision to revoke approval of the Keystone pipeline from Canada to the United States angered Canadian leaders. But Biden is unlikely to change his mind on the issue, which was one of his first executive orders. Read: Here’s what Biden’s first shares mean for the oil outlook The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, + 0.05% and S&P 500 SPX, + 0.13% made gains in the last hour of trading on Tuesday, while the Nasdaq High-Tech Composite COMP – 0.50% finished modestly lower, after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s congressional testimony helped reverse a market selloff tied in large part to a sharp rise in bond yields. See: Market Snapshot