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 BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE will make his first call to a foreign leader on Friday to speak with Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauBiden strikes optimistic tone in meeting with Mexican president White House: US will help Mexico after Americans vaccinated The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump teases on 2024 run 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 PsakiOn The Money: Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill | Stocks sink after Powell fails to appease jittery traders | February jobs report to provide first measure of Biden economy Biden called off second military target in Syria minutes before strike: report White House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director 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 PutinHow to think about Russia Do Biden's 'tough new sanctions' give Putin Nord Stream 2? Russia vows retaliation for new US sanctions: 'We do not intend to put up with this' MORE, said she expected Biden would initially look to connect with "partners and allies."


"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.


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 Harris Harris speaks with Netanyahu amid ICC probe Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill Why is Joe Biden dodging the public and the press? MORE on your historic inauguration," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE, who enjoyed a close relationship with former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE.

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