TORONTO (AP) — Justin Trudeau, Canada’s youthful, new prime minister, is bringing his star power to the White House on his first official U.S. visit this week.
Trudeau is the 44-year-old scion of one of Canada’s most famous politicians. After being sworn into office last fall, Obama quickly granted him one of the highest honors the U.S. reserves for close allies: a pomp-filled visit with plenty of time alone and in front of cameras with Obama.
Trudeau will also be honored at a White House state dinner. He’s being accompanied by his wife, Sophie Gregoire.
Not since April 1997 has a U.S. president and the head of Canada’s government clinked champagne flutes at the White House.
Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, was prime minister from 1968 until 1984, including a brief interruption.