Ottawa (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy made his first foreign trip as head of state on May 16, 1961. The President, accompanied by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, was in Canada for two days.
Air Force One landed at Uplands Airport at 3:32 p.m. local time where the Kennedys were received by Governor-General Major Georges P. Vanier and Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.
The President and First Lady were honored also with the presence of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a 100 man honor guard and the Canadian Air Force Band.
The President said his visit was intended "to bind even closer the friendly partnership" between Canada and the United States. Mr. Vanier described JFK as "a man whose standard of courage and integrity had been widely acclaimed."
For her part, Jacqueline Kennedy brought along a new nine piece wardrobe which she had assembled specifically for the trip to Canada.
Since FDR, only three POTUS have NOT visited Canada: Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter & Donald Trump. Seven POTUS have addressed a joint session of the Canadian Parliament.
In his speech before the CP on May 17, 1961, JFK said...
"Nearly forty years ago, a distinguished (Canadian) PM took the part of the United States at a disarmament conference. He said, 'They may not be angels but they are at least our friends.'"
"ADDRESS BEFORE THE CANADIAN PARLIAMENT IN OTTAWA", May 17, 1961, The American Presidency Project, www.presidency.ucsb.edu/
"CANADA GREETS KENNEDYS," by Laurence Burd, Chicago Tribune, May 17, 1961, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau &
U.S. President Donald Trump
The White House
February 13, 2017
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