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Canada's New Prime Minister Receives Warm Welcome at White House Dinner
President Obama turned the page on years of shaky ties with Canada by staging a lavish welcome for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
President Obama and the first lady greet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau before a state dinner at the White House.
Trudeau, 44, the left-leaning Liberal Party leader and son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, took power last November. He already enjoys a closer bond with the Democratic president than his right-of-center predecessor, Stephen Harper of the Conservatives, managed in more than six years of dealing with the Obama administration.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau as they arrive for a state dinner at the White House.
"He campaigned on a message of hope and of change. His positive and optimistic vision is inspiring young people," Obama said after meeting with Trudeau in the Oval Office.
"So, from my perspective, what's not to like?" he added, also noting Trudeau's commitment to the environment.