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Biden to detail 'roadmap' for partnership with Canada in meeting with Trudeau

Biden to detail 'roadmap' for partnership with Canada in meeting with Trudeau
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President BidenJoe BidenDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Sasse to introduce legislation giving new hires signing bonuses after negative jobs report Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE on Tuesday plans to lay out an initiative to govern bilateral relations with Canada moving forward during his first bilateral meeting as president.

Biden is set to meet with Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauBiden to record video message for 'Vax Live' concert Pranksters trick Canadian lawmakers with fake Navalny aide: report Trudeau voices 'tremendous confidence' in AstraZeneca vaccine after first Canadian death linked to shot MORE via video due to the coronavirus pandemic. The two will meet virtually for 45 minutes, joined by their closest aides, before expanding the meeting to include Cabinet officials.

"We’re trying to really recreate the substance and the depth and breadth of the bilateral relationship in the virtual space," a senior administration official said in a call with reporters.

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Biden is expected to rollout what is being billed as "The U.S.-Canada Partnership Roadmap," which will outline how the two countries plan to collaborate on combatting the pandemic, national security issues, climate and the economy.

The two sides are expected to announce a climate ministerial on Tuesday on efforts to address the climate crisis, such as reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Biden and Trudeau are expected to highlight the importance of global efforts to vaccinate the population against COVID-19, though a senior official cautioned that the White House's priority remains making sure all Americans are able to get the shot.

The two leaders will also discuss global military and security alliances such as NATO, the Group of Seven, Group of 20 and the World Trade Organization. Biden and Trudeau on Tuesday are expected to agree to expand cooperation on defense operations in the Arctic, including by modernizing the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Other issues expected to come up during the meeting include Biden's decision to revoke the permit to the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial move that frustrated Canadian leaders. Trudeau raised his concerns with Biden during a Jan. 22 call, but Biden signaled "it’s not in the interest of the United States, particularly as we’re trying to address matters related to climate," to continue work on the pipeline, a senior administration official said.

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The two men are also likely to discuss the ongoing detention of two Canadian citizens in China. 

Biden is expected to deliver a public statement following the meeting.

Biden will be joined by Vice President Harris, Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenBiden 'confident' meeting with Putin will take place soon Blinken calls for Taiwan to join World Health Assembly in opposition to China US general warns China is actively seeking to set up an Atlantic naval base MORE and national security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanBiden 'confident' meeting with Putin will take place soon Will Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? State Department denies reports of prisoner swap with Iran MORE for a 45-minute session with Trudeau and his top advisers. The two will then hold an expanded bilateral meeting, which will include additional Cabinet officials, such as Defense Secretary Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinWill deterrence work, when our foes wage war disguised as peace? Overnight Defense: Former Navy secretary reportedly spent .4M on travel | Ex-Pentagon chief Miller to testify on Jan. 6 Capitol attack | Austin to deliver West Point commencement speech White House posts visitor logs for first time since Obama MORE, Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Funky Academic:' Public has been 'groomed to measure progress by firsts' Biden administration in talks with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador post: reports Business groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans MORE and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasSinema urges Biden to take 'bold' action at border: 'This is a crisis' Hillicon Valley: Broadband companies funded fake net neutrality comments, investigation finds | Twitter rolls out tip feature | Google to adopt 'hybrid work week' America's Jewish communities are under attack — Here are 3 things Congress can do MORE.

Biden's first call to a foreign leader as president was also to Trudeau.

The White House has said it will likely be a "couple of months" before Biden hosts a foreign leader for an in-person visit at the White House.