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Biden’s first call to foreign leader will be to Canada’s Trudeau

US President Joe Biden’s first call to a foreign leader will be to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki says — with the fate of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on the agenda.

“His first foreign leader call will be on Friday with Prime Minister Trudeau,” Psaki tells reporters at her first White House briefing.

She says they would discuss their “important relationship,” and the Biden administration’s decision to halt further construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States.

Trudeau says he was “disappointed” by the move, which came shortly after Biden took office.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during his daily news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic outside his residence in Ottawa, May 19, 2020. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

“While we welcome the president’s commitment to fight climate change, we are disappointed but acknowledge the President’s decision to fulfill his election campaign promise on Keystone XL,” Trudeau says in a statement.

“I look forward to working with President Biden to reduce pollution, combat climate change, fight COVID-19, create middle class jobs, and build back better by supporting a sustainable economic recovery for everyone.”

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