Justin Trudeau says it's not Canada's duty to 'lecture' Trump on immigration
- Author: Jon Douglas Feb 14, 2017,
Feb 14, 2017, 0:19
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump were to participate in a round-table discussion about women in the work force on Monday, an early sign of cooperation as Mr. Trudeau seeks to have good relations so that Canada is not targeted in trade talks.
Prior to their joint press conference, Trudeau and Trump held a meeting with female business leaders from both countries, including Ivanka Trump, where they announced the creation of United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. Note that President Trump has loudly criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement, in which Canada is closely involved, but said today that Mexico is the real problem with NAFTA.
Trudeau is the third foreign leader to meet with Trump at the White House.
The pair also discussed the importance of the trading relationship between Canada and the USA, with Trudeau noting that Canada is the largest export market for 35 American states. Prime Minister, that I'm focused and you're focused on the important role women play in our economies.
And that's likely good advice when it comes to the message Trudeau delivers directly to Trump.
While Trudeau, who has always been vocal about the need for Canada to welcome refugees, did his best to avoid conflict, he was aided by the American press, who used their two questions for Trump to lob softballs at him.
But it's the social issues dividing a protectionist Trump and a liberal Trudeau that has Canadians most anxious. "Any impediment to trade would have an asymmetric impact, being felt much more in Canada than in the U.S".
Trump greeted Trudeau with a firm handshake as he arrived at the White House on a blustery morning. I'd first like to start by extending my honest thanks to President Trump for inviting me down to Washington.
Trudeau gripped Trump's hand and his left shoulder momentarily before they disappeared into the West Wing for a photo op in the Oval Office before a day of talks.
During his prepared remarks, Trump highlighted some of the ways that he feels the USA and Canada will work together. Later, they will discuss over lunch ways to empower women in the workplace, according to the White House.
Stephen Schwarzman, also a Wall Street tycoon, has said "things should go well for Canada" if the president renegotiates NAFTA because Canada isn't like other countries.
When asked if a more confrontational approach toward a U.S. President with a fragile ego and a reputation for vindictiveness was really the best approach to protecting Canadian interests, Angus said he knows from personal experience that it is the only way to deal with a bully.