“Thank you again for stepping up in such a big way on tackling climate change,” Trudeau said to Biden. “U.S. leadership has been sorely missed over the past — past years. And I have to say, as — as we’re preparing the — the joint rollout and communiqué from this one, it’s nice when the Americans are not pulling out all references to climate change and, instead, adding them in.”
Trudeau’s full remarks on the call:
PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU: Thank you very much, Mr. President. It’s so good to see you, Joe. And it’s such a great opportunity for us to — to sit down and talk not just about this extraordinary friendship between our two countries, but all the work we have to do together to get through COVID, but also to keep making sure we’re — we’re pulling our weight around the world and making the world a better and safer place for everyone — not just with this pandemic, but with everything else as well.
It’s a real pleasure to be able to — to see you today alongside Vice President Harris. I’m glad to be joined here by our Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and our Foreign Minister, Marc Garneau, whose — whose birthday it is today. So it’s a special celebration for him.
Lots of things to talk about. Obviously, COVID and how we’re going to keep our citizens safe is top of mind. But we’re also going to dig into the recovery; how we move forward on creating good jobs for Canadians and Americans; strengthening the middle class — helping those working hard to join it. As we move forward, there’s — there’s a lot to rebuild.
We’re also going to talk about climate change. And — and thank you again for stepping up in such a big way on tackling climate change. U.S. leadership has been sorely missed over the past — past years. And I have to say, as — as we’re preparing the — the joint rollout and communiqué from this one, it’s nice when the Americans are not pulling out all references to climate change and, instead, adding them in.
So we’re really excited to be working with you on — on that. Lots — lots more to do.
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I’m really looking forward to engaging with you all on — on these issues over the coming hours, but especially looking forward to getting to know your whole team as well.
Vice President Harris, it’s great — great to see you here. I’ll turn it over to you now.