Joe Biden Will Make First Foreign Leader Call to Trudeau

January 21, 2021 Updated: January 21, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden’s first call to a foreign leader will be to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the White House said, as the new administration prepares to engage with world leaders.

The call is scheduled to take place on Friday, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who made the announcement during the Biden administration’s first press briefing on Jan. 20.

“I expect they will certainly discuss the important relationship with Canada, as well as [Biden’s] decision on the Keystone pipeline,” Psaki said.

Psaki said there are no plans for a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin just yet.

“His early calls will be with partners and allies,” she said.

Psaki said the new U.S. administration will focus on relationship-building with allied nations.