First Lady Melania Trump spoke with Canadian First Lady, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau by phone on Thursday to offer her “well wishes” after she announced on Saturday that she has recovered from the coronavirus.
“First Lady Trump expressed her well wishes for Mrs. Grégoire Trudeau’s good health, following her recovery from COVID-19 last month, and reaffirmed her deep appreciation for the continued cooperation between the United States and Canada to address unprecedented challenges related to the pandemic,” according to a readout of the call from the White House.
Grégoire Trudeau tested positive for the coronavirus on March 12 after she returned from a speaking engagement in London. The wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in a statement that she began “exhibiting mild flu-like symptoms including a low fever” and would remain in isolation for the time being. The Prime Minister was in self-isolation for the recommended 14 days following his wife positive result and was not tested since he was “not exhibiting any symptoms of the virus.” During his time in self-isolation, it was reported that Trudeau was juggling taking care of his three children alone, without the help of nannies or cleaners, while leading Canada during the coronavirus pandemic.
During the call, both ladies discussed the “importance of the two countries’ strong economic ties,” following a joint agreement in mid-March to close the United States-Canadian border for non-essential travel in order to blunt the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions were brought up during the first ladies’ call.
“First Lady Trump conveyed the importance of the two countries’ strong economic ties, noting the recent restriction on cross-border travel related to non-essential travel while keeping the border open to essential workers and $1.7 billion in daily trade in goods,” the White House said.
The two ladies also discussed the “immense multilateral repatriation efforts” underway to bring Americans and Canadians “home from cruise ships and other places around the globe” and agreed “to stay in touch as the two countries work to defeat the pandemic.”
Shortly after, Melania tweeted that she spoke with Grégoire Trudeau, “following her recovery from #COVID19, & my gratitude for the special relationship between our two countries as we address the challenges related to the pandemic.”
Just spoke w/ Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau of #Canada. I expressed well wishes for her good health, following her recovery from #COVID19, & my gratitude for the special relationship between our two countries as we address the challenges related to the pandemic.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 2, 2020
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