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Obama endorses Justin Trudeau for PM despite his numerous blackface photos

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'The world needs his progressive leadership now'

Peter Foley/Pool via Bloomberg

Former president Barack Obama endorsed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for re-election Wednesday, giving Trudeau a powerful black ally to help him overcome the recent revelation that the progressive Canadian leader wore blackface at least three times as a younger men.

Trudeau is seeking to remain prime minister after next week's elections, but last month his campaign was rocked by the release of photos and videos showing Trudeau with his face painted black or brown for various costumes. Trudeau apologized for what he had done — but also couldn't say for sure that those were the only times he had done it.

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