August 2, 2021
Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada to thank him for the gift of Montreal smoked meats sent in congratulations for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s victory over the Montreal Canadiens for the Stanley Cup trophy. The President underscored the close alignment and friendship between the United States and Canada, as they also discussed bilateral economic cooperation and their shared commitment to strengthening the resilience and competitiveness of the U.S. and Canadian economies. The President and Prime Minister then discussed the two Canadian citizens—Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor—who are unjustly detained by the People’s Republic of China. The President condemned their arbitrary detention and reiterated his commitment to stand strong with Canada to secure their release.