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Trudeau, Trump speak about COVID-19 diagnosis, 2 Canadians detained in China

Last Updated Oct 10, 2020 at 1:21 pm MDT

FILE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives for the first day of a Liberal cabinet retreat in Ottawa, Monday September 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) — The Prime Minister and U.S. President chatted Saturday morning over efforts to free the ‘two Michaels’ detained in China as well as Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis.

In a release, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office says the two spoke about Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who were arrested in December 2018 a few days after the Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, was detained in Vancouver on behalf of the U.S., which wants to extradite her.

“The Prime Minister also thanked the President for the ongoing support of the United States in seeking the immediate release of the two Canadian citizens arbitrarily detained by China,” the release reads.

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During their phone call, Trudeau also wished Trump and the First Lady well following their COVID-19 diagnosis.

“The Prime Minister wished both the President and First Lady well following their recent COVID-19 diagnosis,” the release read. “The Prime Minister also recalled the President’s expressions of concern for Sophie GrĂ©goire Trudeau’s health after her COVID-19 diagnosis last March.”

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The two also talked about ongoing efforts to manage the pandemic and keep people safe on both sides of the border.

“The President and Prime Minister agreed to stay in close contact.”