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1. A mu­tual peace pact

Trudeau’s stead­fast re­fusal to crit­i­cize Trump made news even in Amer­ica. But just as notable was Trump’s re­fusal to crit­i­cize Trudeau. The pres­i­dent was im­pas­sive even when prod­ded on live TV. Asked a ques­tion about the Cana­dian bor­der and Trudeau’s ac­cep­tance of Syr­ian refugees, Trump chose to tout his ef­forts to de­port il­le­gal im­mi­grants — most of whom are His­pan­ics who live far from the 49th par­al­lel.

2. A fair shake

Vladimir Putin has the shirt­less horse­back ride. Don­ald Trump has the in­tense handshake. At 70, the fe­ro­cious alpha-grip is how a pres­i­dent ob­sessed with dom­i­nance shows off his phys­i­cal prow­ess. Trudeau, for­mer drama teacher, came pre­pared for the per­for­mance.

3. Flynn left out

One key story out of the joint news con­fer­ence was what wasn’t asked: a ques­tion to Trump about Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Michael Flynn over re­ports he dis­cussed sanc­tions against Rus­sia with Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador be­fore Trump took of­fice, then lied about it. “HOW IS THERE NO FLYNN QUES­TION!?!?!?!?!” MSNBC host Christo­pher Hayes wrote on Twit­ter. The an­swer: the White House made sure there was no Flynn ques­tion. The Cana­dian and U.S. me­dia con­tin­gents each got to ask two ques­tions. The Cana­di­ans drew names from some­one’s palm to de­cide which re­porters got to do the ask­ing. The Amer­i­can in­ter­locu­tors were se­lected by Trump of­fi­cials.

4. Al­most nor­mal

“We’re guided by the same val­ues,” Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said when wel­com­ing Trudeau to the White House last year. “We share the same val­ues,” Trump said be­side Trudeau on Mon­day.

The tone was not es­pe­cially warm. There was an un­prompted Trumpian ram­ble-boast about the size of his vic­tory in the Elec­toral Col­lege. But the day was notable, in large part, for its bor­ing con­ven­tion­al­ity.

5. Ivanka in charge

The Cana­di­ans had a stroke of strate­gic in­spi­ra­tion: get in Trump’s good books by do­ing a kind of favour for his daugh­ter. The ex­ec­u­tives who were part of a White House dis­cus­sion on ad­vanc­ing fe­male busi­ness lead­ers came away with praise for the joint ini­tia­tive. Ivanka im­pressed the par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­ness­women with her thoughts. And then, af­ter they left, she ad­ver­tised her­self — tweet­ing a photo of her at the pres­i­dent’s desk, a pro­gres­sive prime min­is­ter be­hind her.

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