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Sea Change: National-Security Threat and Indiana Governor

sea change: Sign up for our Capital Dispatch newsletter, delivered twice weekly to your inbox and every day during the election The former Indiana governor came to Ottawa Thursday bearing a figurative hug on behalf of a combative president who has insulted the prime minister, taxed Canada's metals as a national-security threat and accused Canadian farmers of unfairly impoverishing their American counterparts, according to CTV. Pence's whirlwind visit to the Canadian capital was a sea change from U.S. President Donald Trump's bitter departure from the G7 summit in Quebec almost one year ago, when he tweeted as he flew home that Trudeau was very dishonest and weak. Standing next to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pence also called again on China to release Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor from their unlawful detention in the boldest and most tangible gesture of solidarity on a visit that was clearly meant to be a balm on the hurt feelings between the two North American neighbours. Pence said Trump would push Chinese President Xi Jinping on Kovrig and Spavor at next month's G20 summit, while he sidestepped an argument over the diametrically opposed opinions he and Trudeau have on abortion. I want to assure the people of Canada that the prime minister drove a hard bargain, as did our president, he said. He also gave Trudeau some domestic political cover against his Conservative opponents, who say the Liberals gave in to Trump and got a bad deal for Canada on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. ( As reported in the news.