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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wants the Nationals Back in Montreal

Just thinking about those 'Spos. Screenshot via YouTube.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to be having a pleasant time in Washington so far on his state visit. He posted his attendance at a Renwick Gallery reception on Instagram Wednesday night. He hung out with The Weeknd at Blair House. On Thursday evening, he’ll be the guest of honor at a state dinner full of (Canadian) luminaries.

But even with Trudeau and President Obama putting out joint statements on climate change, trade policy, security, and other subjects of regional cooperation, not all is well with the Canadian-American alliance.

“We’ve made tremendous progress on many issues,” Trudeau said at a joint press conference with Obama at the White House on Thursday morning. “Unfortunately, I’m going to leave town with my beloved Expos still here in Washington. You can’t have everything.”

Before the Nationals arrived in DC, the franchise existed for 36 years as the Montreal Expos, which the 44-year-old Trudeau grew up cheering for. Trudeau’s jab today at the Nationals is no passing reference; the prime minister often flashes his lingering Expos fandom:

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.

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