Canadian PM Justin Trudeau hands out gifts to US hosts to remind them who won NBA title

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hands a gift to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on June 20, 2019.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hands a gift to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on June 20, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday (June 20) took a break from high-level Washington talks to gently remind his American hosts that, for the first time ever, a basketball team from Canada had won the National Basketball Association (NBA) title.

Mr Trudeau turned up to a meeting with US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi bearing gifts with the logo of the Toronto Raptors, who beat the defending champions Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals earlier this month.

The Warriors are based in Ms Pelosi's home state of California.

Mr Trudeau made the gesture even though he had won a friendly wager between the two politicians on the outcome of the series.

"Canadians are gracious in defeat and even more gracious in victory. I put together a little bit of Raptors swag. I don't expect you to wear it," he told Ms Pelosi with a smile.

The two of them then raised a T-shirt with the Raptors logo.

Ms Pelosi had earlier presented Mr Trudeau with a basket containing Californian delicacies such as wine, chocolates, almonds, walnuts and pistachios. She also congratulated him.

 

Mr Trudeau was in Washington for talks with Ms Pelosi and US President Donald Trump on trade and China.

Mr Trump, asked by reporters before his meeting with Mr Trudeau about whether he would invite the Raptors to the White House, replied: "Congratulations, by the way. That was a great job by a great team. If they'd like to do it, we'll think about that."