This post has been updated.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose message of inclusivity and multiculturalism stands in contrast to President Trump, plans to visit Washington Monday for his first face-to-face meeting with the newly-inaugurated U.S. leader.
Trump plans to welcome Trudeau at the White House for a bilateral discussion, making Trudeau the third head of government to meet with Trump, following British Prime Minister Theresa May's Jan. 27 visit and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit on Friday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to visit Wednesday.
“President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau look forward to a constructive conversation on strengthening the relationship between our two nations,” the White House said in a statement.
Canada is one of America's closest allies as well as its neighbor to the north, but the relationship between the two countries could be tested by Trump's vow to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which also includes Mexico.
Strong Canada-US ties help the middle class in both our countries. Monday, I'll meet @realDonaldTrump in DC to keep working for that goal.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 9, 2017
Trudeau, 45, is a progressive leader of Canada who forged a bond with former U.S. president Barack Obama. Trudeau has begun to position himself as a competing voice to Trump on the world stage, delivering indirect but unmistakable criticisms of the new U.S. president's policies.
After Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning all refugees as well as travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations, Trudeau tweeted “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017