Biden and Trudeau hold first bilateral meeting virtually

Brenda Watkins
February 26, 2021

Biden has been under pressure from Republican lawmakers to do more to protect American supply chains from China by investing in domestic manufacturing of next-generation semiconductor chips.

The Biden team will draw on lessons from the current crisis on chips and a shortage on personal protective equipment that plagued the US last year, one of the officials said. They are going to work mutually until they get their safe return.

Biden also reiterated his support for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. She denies the allegations.

Currently, 47 percent of global chip sales stem from US -based semiconductor firms, but only 12 percent of production.

Trudeau's broadside of Trump was a notable coda to a relationship marked by some notably undiplomatic moments. S. expert and president of the D.C. -based Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, said the synchronicity between the two leaders is why Trudeau needs to seize the moment.

However, it's not clear if this plan will include some of Canada's priorities, such as procuring more COVID-19 vaccine doses made in the US, freeing Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig from China, or securing an exemption to Biden's Buy American policy.

"Trudeau is going to make a big deal of asking, and the Biden people will commit to look into it, and nothing will happen".

The U.S. official said the two leaders will talk about the use of "Buy American" provisions in U.S. government purchasing.

"The United States must ensure that production shortages, trade disruptions, natural disasters and potential actions by foreign competitors and adversaries never leave the United States vulnerable again".

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York Region, meanwhile, passed a motion asking to be placed in the Red-Control zone with additional modified restrictions. He encouraged people to reach out to those they know in that age group to ensure they learn about vaccine opportunities.

"It will require a new commitment to public-private partnerships that demonstrate the tremendous potential that can be realized when you listen to the voices of communities and workers", the official said.

Mr Trudeau again raised with Mr Biden the idea of allowing Canada, which is struggling to vaccinate its population, to buy vaccines produced in the U.S., according to a senior Canadian government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to detail the private talks. Canada is now receiving doses from plants in Europe.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called it a "temporary reopening during Covid-19", telling reporters Tuesday the Biden administration plans to close it but now needs to "ensure that we can follow COVID protocols as unaccompanied minors come into the United States". Biden's team offered the same message to Trudeau privately.

Biden and Trudeau "agreed that the pandemic will not end until everyone, everywhere has access to a vaccine", it said.

One sticking point that is likely to come up: Biden's decision to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, a project fiercely opposed by environmentalists but backed by Ottawa.

During Tuesday's press briefing, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked Psaki why the Biden administration was reopening the facility.

Biden's order will call for a 100-day review across federal agencies on semiconductors and three other key items: pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and large capacity batteries.

"It's a backlog that Trump created", Morrison said.

Eric Miller, a Canada-U.

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