President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau in their first official visit to the White House. Both the nation's National Anthems were played.
Justin Trudeau is the first Canadian Prime Minister to be invited to a state dinner at the White House in 19 years. The two leaders first met during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation held in Manila last November.
This visit will bring the opportunity for both countries to strengthen their relationship based on history, common values, culture, and commercial ties. The two leaders agreed to a pre-clearance initiative to make entering either the US or Canada easier and faster for people who have met priority clearance conditions. They also agreed to press for increased regulations to stem methane emissions to slow climate change and to protect the Arctic regions. Other items of free trade between Canada and the U.S. were also on the agenda.
The State Dinner menu included Alaskan Halibut “casseroles” with crêpes, asparagus, chanterelle mushrooms, baby onions, and herbed butter followed by Appalachian cheese, and a pine nut crisp.
The main course was herb-crusted lamb from Colorado, Yukon Gold potato Dauphinoise, and lightly sautéed spring vegetables. The desert was maple pecan cake with cocoa wafers and butterscotch swirl ice cream.
The State dinner was held in the East Room of the White House. Guests were treated to a performance of singer and songwriter, Sara Bareilles, a five-time Grammy nominee.