WASHINGTON — When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada mounted the carpeted steps of the White House’s North Portico on Thursday night for one of this city’s most glamorous rituals, a state dinner, he followed in his father’s footsteps — but only so far.
Mr. Trudeau’s father, Pierre, who also served as prime minister, was twice honored at similar White House dinners, in 1969 and 1977, and on both occasions the visit roiled American sensibilities: first, when Mr. Trudeau asked to take a swim in the White House pool, and later, when his wife, Margaret...
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