Their first in-person meeting got off to a cordial start

By Tierney McAfee
February 13, 2017 12:22 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived to the White House on Monday to meet with President Donald Trump for the first time.

Their first in-person meeting got off to a cordial start.

After Trudeau’s car pulled up to the White House’s West Wing entrance on Monday morning, he and Trump shook hands, gave each other a pat on the shoulder and entered the building together, according to a pool report.

Trump soon took to Twitter to welcome the prime minister.

Welcome to the @WhiteHouse Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau!” he wrote.

Although Trudeau has criticized Trump in the past, the prime minister has said he expects to “find a lot of common ground” with the new president.

At a news conference on Friday, Trudeau said he would seek to “defend and demonstrate Canadian values,” but do so “respectfully and not from an ideological standpoint.”