Fw: VP Pool Report #2

From: Ian Austen
Sent: Thursday, December 8, 2016 23:45
To: Goodman, Meghan Hays K. EOP/OVP
Subject: VP Pool Report #2

Vice President Biden attended a state dinner hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a former bank across from Parliament which is now a reception center.
After passing through a military honor guard, the vice president stopped to shake hands with Brian Mulroney, one of several former Canadian prime ministers in the room.
Both Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Biden offered the audience the expected platitudes of the long history of friendship between Canada and the United States with Mr. Biden acknowledging that from a Canadian perspective, the United States is sometimes "the big brother that a pain in the neck and we're overbearing". They also traded jokes about Mr. Trudeau's status as "eye candy".
The two men also reflected on their relationships with Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the former prime minister and father of Justin Trudeau. The vice president recalled that the elder Mr. Trudeau reached out to console him following the death of his first wife Neilia and their daughter in a automobile crash.
Mr. Biden discussed the political turmoil in the world, particularly in Europe and contrasted it with Mr. Trudeau's liberal approach to politics
"I've never seen Europe engaged in as much self doubt as they are now," he said. "The world is going to spend a lot of time looking at you, Mr. Prime Minister."

Ian Austen
The New York Times
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