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American leadership has been “sorely missed” on the world stage, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told President Joe Biden during their first bilateral meeting Tuesday.

Trudeau made the backhanded slight at former President Donald Trump during his virtual meeting with Biden at the White House. Trudeau thanked Biden for returning the U.

S. to the Paris Climate Agreement (PCA) and said he looks forward to working with the new administration on a range of issues. Biden and Secretary of State Tony Blinken have centered the administration’s foreign policy on a message that “America is back,” after four years of what they call Trump’s isolationism. (RELATED: Biden Hosts First Bilateral Meeting As President With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — Here’s What To Expect)

“Thank you again for stepping up in such a big way on tackling climate change,” Trudeau said in reference to the U.S. return to the PCA. “U.S. leadership has been sorely missed over the past, uh, past years.”

“I have to say, as we’re preparing the join rollout and communique from this one, it’s nice when the Americans are not pulling out all the references to climate change and instead adding them in,” he added.

Trudeau tells Biden that “US leadership has been sorely missed over the past years and I have to say as we are preparing the joint-roll out for this, it’s nice when the Americans are not pulling out all references to climate change” #cdnpoli

— Mackenzie Gray (@Gray_Mackenzie) February 23, 2021

Trudeau attended the meeting along with his entourage. Biden attended with Blinken, Vice President Kamala Harris and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, among others.

The event was Biden’s first meeting with a world leader. He has now granted Trudeau the honor of being both his first call to a foreign leader and the first leader he has held a bilateral meeting with.

The pair discussed a range of issues, but discussion of the Keystone XL pipeline featured most prominently, particularly in news reports leading up to the meeting. Biden fulfilled his campaign promise of revoking the construction of the pipeline the day he was inaugurated. Trudeau’s administration supports the pipeline’s construction, however. The leaders did not come to a public agreement on the issue.

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Report: Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisbergers Meeting With President Art Rooney Went Well

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and president Art Rooney II reportedly had a meeting Tuesday.

According to Gerry Dulac with our news partner at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the meeting “went well.”

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“Ben Roethlisberger met w team president Art Rooney II today and the meeting “went well,” according to sources,” Dulac tweeted Tuesday.

Ben Roethlisberger met w team president Art Rooney II today and the meeting “went well,” according to sources

— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) February 23, 2021

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Roethlisberger currently holds a $41.25 million salary-cap hit in 2021, the highest of any player in the league. Both the quarterback and the team have taken turns in recent weeks talking about the need to lower that number considerably, particularly with the Steelers facing the difficult prospect of navigating a salary cap that might be $15 million to $20 million less than in 2020 thanks to a significant decline in gate revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roethlisberger is due a $15 million roster bonus on March 17, well before the draft and just three days into the league new year.

The big question is will Roethlisberger agree to return by accepting conditions set forth by the team? That was certainly part of what Rooney and the franchise quarterback discussed Tuesday.

Dulac shared more about the meeting with KDKA.

“Ben Roethlisberger has been wanting to meet Art Rooney II and (coach) Mike Tomlin now for almost two weeks,” Dulac said. “That interview process last week was delayed when Mike Tomlin tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. But he was able to meet today with Art Rooney II. What I can tell you is that meeting “went well.” We’ll see where that leads, but it at least a positive note than a negative note.”

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