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Published: Tue, February 14, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

Canada's Trudeau talks trade with Trump

Canada's Trudeau talks trade with Trump

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of both Canada and my heart, met with President Trump at the White House today to discuss trade and, hopefully, not going to war with Canada, but who knows!

Trudeau will then meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Economic ties are expected to top talks, rather than the much trickier issue of immigration, on which both have voiced starkly different views.

Trudeau did his best to try to find common ground with his counterpart.

Trump said he promised during the presidential campaign to "get the criminals out, the drug lords, the gang members", and said, "We're getting them out".

"We have a very outstanding trade relationship with Canada".

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.

Trudeau sidestepped outright criticism when asked about it at the press conference. "We share the same values, we share the love, the truly great love of freedom", Trump said.

Trump thanked Trudeau for coming, and presented him with a photograph of Trump with Trudeau's father, the late former Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau. Canada and the USA will launch a task force on the issue, titled the United States Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders-Female Entrepreneurs, the Associated Press reports.

Trump also said North Korea, which announced it had launched a ballistic missile over the weekend was a "big, big problem", and that the U.S.

Prior to the joint press conference, the president and prime minister participated in a female business leader roundtable. There are fears Canada could unintentionally be sideswiped as Trump negotiates with Mexico.

In answer to one reporter's question, Trudeau spoke of how security and immigration must work together, adding the two leaders had "strong and fruitful" discussions on it.

A White House statement issued Thursday said the two leaders "look forward to a constructive conversation on strengthening the relationship between our two nations".

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.

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