Obama Plans Canadian Visit for February
By Michael D. Shear
President Obama will travel to Canada on Feb. 19, officials announced today, making a trip that has become a tradition for presidents in the first weeks of their administrations.
The president's first foreign trip is meant to emphasize the close relationship between the neighboring countries, officials said. Obama is expected to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the trip.
"Canada is a vitally important ally and the president looks forward to the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Harper, and visit our neighbor to the north," Gibbs said.
American presidents typically travel to Canada shortly after their elections. This year, the trip takes place as both countries -- major trading partners with each other -- are struggling amid a world-wide economic slowdown.
Gibbs did not provide any details about Obama's itinerary on the trip.
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