By Bonnie K. Goodman
Despite fears over policy differences with refugees, President Donald and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hit if off in their first meeting. Trudeau met with Trump at the White House in Washington on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in what was a highly anticipated meeting in Canada amid worries over the trade agreement NAFTA and the different approaches to Syrian refugees, and Trump being a conservative, and Trudeau a liberal. At their press conference, the two leaders reaffirmed their countries close relationship and their economic and trade commitment.
In his opening remarks, Trump expressed about the Canada-US relationship, “Our two nations share much more than a border. We share the same values, we share the love, the truly great love of freedom.” The President also said, “both of our countries are stronger when we join forces,” that the U.S. is “deeply fortunate to have a neighbor like Canada.” President reaffirmed they will work together on jobs and border security, “We should coordinate closely and we will coordinate closely to protect jobs in our hemisphere and to keep wealth on our continent and to keep everyone safe.”
Meanwhile, Trudeau repeated that the US and Canada have a “deep, abiding respect for one another” and “mutual respect… that’s a good thing because as we know, relationships between neighbors are pretty complex.” While taking questions from the press Trudeau refused to comment on Trump’s travel ban, saying instead, “The last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country,” instead he will “be a positive example in the world.”
Trudeau is the third world leader to meet with Trump at the White House. Their meeting including discussions on the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, which they agreed will only have minor changes when the time comes. Additionally, they had a roundtable, with Canadian and American women business leaders that included Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, also a business owner. The roundtable was part of the newly created joint United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. The two leaders seem to get along well, with Trudeau dominating the initial handshake, and the prime minister gifting his presidential host a photo of the president with his father, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Source: ABC News Radio Online