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Biden's first foreign leader call to be with Canada's Trudeau on Friday

Biden's first foreign leader call to be with Canada's Trudeau on Friday
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President BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE will make his first call to a foreign leader on Friday to speak with Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauReturning vaccinated Canadians will be exempt from quarantine Border closures with Canada, Mexico extended through July 21 US-Canada border restrictions extended until July 21 MORE, the White House said Wednesday.

"I expect they will certainly discuss the important relationship with Canada as well as [Biden's] decision on the Keystone pipeline that he announced today," press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiTaliban seize key Afghan district The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin MORE told reporters at her first briefing of the new administration.

Psaki, asked about the potential for a call with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinCyber agency says SolarWinds hack could have been deterred by simple security measures What Biden and Putin didn't discuss A balance of pragmatism and agendas shaped the U.S.-Russia summit MORE, said she expected Biden would initially look to connect with "partners and allies."

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"He feels it’s important to rebuild those relationships and address the challenges and threats we’re facing in the world," she said.

Psaki did not have any update on when Biden might make his first foreign trip.

Biden making his first call to Trudeau mirrors what he did after winning the election in November, when the Canadian prime minister was also his first call.

The call will come two days after Biden signed an executive order that revokes a key permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,200-mile pipeline that carried oil from Canada to the U.S. and was opposed by several environmental and indigenous groups. 

World leaders on Wednesday offered their congratulations on social media to Biden and Vice President Harris, who were sworn in at the U.S. Capitol.

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World leaders congratulated Biden shortly after his inauguration on Wednesday, with allied nations and bodies expressing hope for continued cooperation with the new administration.

“Congratulations President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story A healthier planet and economy is worth fighting for Watch live: Harris gives remarks on the child tax credit MORE on your historic inauguration," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE, who enjoyed a close relationship with former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE.

Netanyahu, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Indian President Narendra Modi were among those who wished Biden and Harris well.