For all Biden’s flattery, there’s a sense that the US approach to Canada is still based on a narrow calculation of what is best for Washington. And Trudeau could do with more than a few platitudes from Biden. He’s under significant political pressure amid accusations that he failed to secure early vaccine stocks amid a punishing winter wave of disease.
The most successful US presidents forge foreign policy wins and global leadership coalitions because they identify the domestic constraints weighing on their counterparts. So watch for whether Biden sprinkles a little of his newly stocked political capital on the somewhat embattled PM.