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Justin Trudeau Has A Hilarious Message For The Royal Family, Obamas Ahead Of Invictus Games

ICE Graveyard 2/05/2016 Jesselyn Cook
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The countdown to the Invictus Games for sick and injured troops is on, and Canada means business.

After speaking to a large Toronto audience on Monday afternoon with Prince Harry, who launched the Paralympic-style games in 2014, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wasted no time in delivering a direct message to his country's competitors.

In a short and comical video posted to his Twitter account later in the day, Trudeau is seen sitting in front of the Team Canada athletes, their arms crossed and faces stern.

"Oh hey," the Liberal leader begins, in typical Trudeau fashion with a playful smirk. "I just thought I'd show our friends in the U.S. and the U.K. how Canada brings it."

The camera swiftly zooms out as Trudeau hops out of his chair and joins two men doing pushups on the floor.

"Boom!" the group cheers, a nod to President Barack Obama's now-famous mic drop, which he executed flawlessly at the end of his final White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday evening.

Trudeau's video message followed one from the Obamas directed at the Royal family.

The White House challenge triggered a hilarious response from Kensington Palace:

Prince Harry was inspired to launch the international sporting event after serving as an officer in the British Army in Afghanistan. He encountered three seriously injured soldiers during his flight home in 2008, and the image was "something I'd never prepared myself for, and only heard of," he explained on Monday.

First held in London in 2014, the Invictus Games allow competitors to "use the pull of Invictus glory to motivate their recovery from physical and mental injuries," the 31-year-old prince added. "We showed that veterans didn't need our sympathy, just the opportunity to play a meaningful role in society once again."

This year, the games will begin on May 8 in Orlando, Florida, and continue until May 12. Canada will host next year in Toronto, spurring the prince's visit on Monday, when he announced that sledge hockey -- an adapted version of ice hockey -- will be added as a sport. Six hundred athletes from 16 countries will compete in 12 different sports in 2017.

At the ceremony in Toronto, Trudeau took the stage to speak briefly about his grandfather, who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. The Canadian government will soon expand its services to become more accessible for veterans and their families across the country, he noted. 

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