Justin Trudeau congratulates Trump
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday congratulated Republican Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE’s victory in the United States presidential election. 

“On behalf of the government of Canada, I would like to congratulate Donald J. Trump on his election as the next President of the United States,” Trudeau said in a statement.


“Canada has no closer friend, partner, and ally than the United States. We look forward to working very closely with President-elect Trump, his administration, and with the United States Congress in the years ahead, including on issues such as trade, investment and international peace and security.”

President Obama and Trudeau forged a strong partnership in the year since he took over as prime minister last November. Obama hosted Trudeau, the head of Canada’s Liberal Party, for a state dinner in March, and the two have worked closely together on issues like climate change.

Trudeau, like other world leaders, steadfastly kept out of the American presidential election, avoiding weighing in on the choice between Trump and Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president The Memo: 'Whistleblower' furor gains steam Missing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani MORE.

For his part, Trump rarely discussed Canada, focusing instead on his policy toward the other U.S. neighbor, Mexico. 

The United States-Canadian alliance is strong enough that it is a tradition for new American presidents to make Canada their first foreign trip once they enter office.

Canada has also become an outlet during election years for frustrated Americans, who vow to move there if their candidate doesn't win.

Canada’s immigration website crashed on Tuesday night due to heavy traffic after results showing Trump winning key swing state.

Trudeau’s Wednesday comments come after those from other world leaders, including United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May and Russian President Vladimir Putin, also congratulating Trump.

“The relationship between our two countries serves as a model for the world.  Our shared values, deep cultural ties, and strong integrated economies will continue to provide the basis for advancing our strong and prosperous partnership,” Trudeau said.