Trudeau speaks with Leslie at a ceremony in Ottawa on Oct. 22, 2015. (Photo: Fred Chartrand/CP)"As a retired lieutenant-general with years of experience working with the U.S., I know he has the necessary relationships and experience to help establish a constructive dialogue with the new U.S. administration," Trudeau said in a statement.
Chrystia Freeland is sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs in Jan. 2017. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/CP)In 2007, he was awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit in recognition of his work with the American military. In appointing Freeland, Trudeau said her economic credentials made her an ideal choice. "One of the things we've seen from president-elect Trump is that he very much takes a trade and job lens to his engagements with this world in international diplomacy,'' Trudeau said last week. "It makes sense for the person who is responsible for foreign relations with the United States to also have the ability and the responsibility to engage with issues such as NAFTA and the broad range of trade issues that we'll be facing with our friends and neighbours south of the border.''
Trump's cabinet picks include ex-marinesTrump's cabinet picks include two retired marine generals in key jobs: James Mattis at defence and John Kelly in homeland security. His national security adviser is retired army general Michael Flynn. Leslie is a scion of a military family. His grandfather, Gen. Andrew McNaughton, commanded the Canadian Army in the Second World War. His father was a brigadier general and a regimental commander during the Korean war. Leslie himself led troops in the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan.
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