US President Joe Biden will call Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday, in his first contact with another world leader. White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki announced this Wednesday during her first press conference. She also indicated that Biden wants “to restore the United States seat on the world stage.”
Biden will discuss with Trudeau the strong link between the United States and Canada, as well as the decree signed by the President of the United States to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline between the United States and Canada.
Trudeau already expressed disappointment with the decision on Wednesday. “We are pleased that the president wants to fight climate change, and we realize that Biden wants to fulfill his electoral promises, but we are disappointed with his decision on Keystone XL,” he said.
The pipeline, a $ 8 billion (€ 6.6 billion) project of Canadian conglomerate TC Energy, is controversial because it has dire consequences for the climate. However, it will boost the economy of Alberta, which is suffering from low oil prices. According to Trudeau, he will always support Canadian workers. “Canada is the largest energy supplier to the United States, contributing to energy security and economic competitiveness, and providing thousands of jobs on both sides of the border.”
Russia and Iran
A Bidens spokeswoman said it was not planned to make a phone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin, referring to the good relationship between Trump and his Russian colleague. “The president wants to focus on his partners and allies and rebuild relations,” she said. In this way, the United States can re-establish its position on the world stage and work with other nations to address current threats and problems.
She noted, among other things, the decrees Biden signed to allow the United States to join the Paris climate agreement and the World Health Organization. The United States does not back down: On Thursday, chief immunologist and White House advisor Anthony Fauci is already participating in a hypothetical WHO meeting on the Coronavirus pandemic.
Finally, Psaki indicated that the Biden government wants Iran to return to the restrictions agreed upon in the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia and China have signed it. The European Union and Trump withdrew the United States from the accord in 2018. Psaki left on Wednesday whether the United States would rejoin the accord. You have made it clear that Biden will soon talk to Iran.