Obama, Trudeau Have Dinner, Bromance Talk Roars to Life

Meeting to discuss tomorrow's leaders gets lots of reaction online
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2017 7:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Just two guys, grabbing a bite at a Montreal eatery billed as "perfect for gin-tonic fueled evenings," chatting about how today's young people can turn into tomorrow's leaders. It's not clear if any gin was actually involved, but the two guys were none other than Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and former President Obama, meeting up for dinner Tuesday while the latter was in town to give a speech to a local business advocacy group, ABC News reports. "Tonight in Montreal, @BarackObama and @JustinTrudeau discussed their shared commitment to developing the next generation of leaders," the Obama Foundation tweeted Tuesday evening, along with a photo of the two in a secluded corner booth at Liverpool House.

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The CBC notes a tinted-window Chevy Suburban pulled up to the restaurant to drop Obama off, and that while specific details of their talk haven't been revealed, "the timing of the meeting is conspicuous": Earlier Tuesday, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke on how Canada needs to set its own course in the world as the US retreats from its leadership role. In his own speech that day, Obama mentioned the "temporary absence of American leadership" in regard to the Paris Accord and said he was "disappointed with the current American administration decision" to drop out of the environmental agreement. Meanwhile, his cozy sit-down with Trudeau has spurred more references to their friendly relationship, with Newsweek painting it as a "bromance reignited." Trudeau thanked Obama in a tweet for his "visit & insights tonight in my hometown." (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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