Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at the White House on Thursday he has great faith in the American electoral process.
"The relationship, the friendship between our two countries goes far beyond any two individuals or any ideologies," he said during a news conference with President Barack Obama. "I have tremendous confidence in the American people and I look forward to working with whomever they choose to send to this White House later this year."
Obama said the turmoil in the Republican Party, with anti-establishment candidates leading the party's presidential nomination race, is not the result of actions he has taken as president.
"I have been blamed by Republicans for a lot of things, but being blamed for their primaries and who they're selecting for their party is novel," Obama said. "What I'm not going to do is to validate some notion that the Republican crackup that's been taking place is a consequence of actions that I've taken."
"There are thoughtful conservatives who are troubled by this, who are troubled by the direction of their party," he added.