Biden took a veiled swipe at Trump by noting the absence of leadership that's coming. "There are periods when the number of genuine leaders are on a continent are in short supply and when they are in heavy supply. We're going to get through this period because we are Americans and Canadians."
The world will look to Germany and Canada for leadership as the political status-quo is upended across the West, Vice-President Joe Biden said.
Visiting Ottawa before he leaves office, the vice-president called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau -- who is beginning his second year in power -- to set an example on the international stage.
“I’ve never seen Europe engaged in as much self-doubt,” Biden said Thursday evening at a dinner hosted by Trudeau. “The world’s going to spend a lot of time looking to you, prime minister, as we see more and more challenges to the liberal international order since the end of World War II -- you and Angela Merkel.”
Trudeau is an avowed feminist pushing a pro-trade and pro-immigration agenda that is at odds with the rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump. However, the prime minister has largely avoided criticizing him, saying he will work with any U.S. leader.