Canada Trudeau not planning one-on-one meeting with Trump at NATO summit

11:45  11 july  2018
11:45  11 july  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Trudeau gearing up for NATO summit

  Trudeau gearing up for NATO summit Trudeau gearing up for NATO summitOTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders are gearing up for what already promises to be a lively debate on defence spending at the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels next week.

Any encounter between U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the next two days will happen on the margins of the NATO Summit in Brussels, not in any deliberate, structured bilateral meeting .

The US actually contributes about a fifth of Nato 's direct funding under a formula based on national income. G7 allies criticised Mr Trump 's decision to reject a joint communique. After Mr Trump had left the summit in Quebec he rounded on Justin Trudeau personally, suggesting the Canadian prime

a group of people that are standing in the snow: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a media conference at the Adazi military base outside Riga, Latvia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Behind him from left to right are defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. © Murray Brewster/CBC News Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a media conference at the Adazi military base outside Riga, Latvia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Behind him from left to right are defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.

Any encounter between U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the next two days will happen on the margins of the NATO summit in Brussels, not in any deliberate, structured bilateral meeting.

The NATO meeting represents the first time the two leaders have been in the same room together since the disastrous G7 summit in Charlevoix, Quebec last month — and there's no sign at all of a thaw in their chilly relationship.

Justin Trudeau to visit Canadian troops in Latvia ahead of NATO summit

  Justin Trudeau to visit Canadian troops in Latvia ahead of NATO summit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Latvia before heading to the NATO summit in Brussels next week. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Canadian troops in Latvia before attending the NATO The Prime Minister's Office says the visit will be an opportunity for Trudeau to reaffirm Canada's commitment to the NATO alliance and Euro-Atlantic security. The Canadian-led multinational NATO battle group was established in Latvia as the alliance's response to Russia's surprise annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its invasion of eastern Ukraine.

Trump says he made up trade claims in meeting with Trudeau . When asked if the comment was received as a joke, one source on the call said: "To the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke.

Trump on Trudeau : Very dishonest and weak. Trudeau : Canadians will not be pushed around. Trump blames past US leaders for 'unfair trade'. Trump : North Korea summit is a one -time shot. Trump sticks up for Russia at G7. Trump : I 'll know in the first minute.

The Prime Minister's Office said that, at the moment, no face-to-face meeting has been planned between Trudeau and Trump.

They will have a chance to see each other, Trudeau said Tuesday.

"I look forward to having words with President Trump, having a conversation with him, as I always do," the prime minister told reporters before he left Latvia following a whirlwind visit to the Baltic State, where Canada has 455 troops deployed as part of NATO's Operation Reassurance.

Relations between Canada and the U.S. were dropped into the deep freeze following the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs by the Trump administration — an action that triggered swift, sweeping tariff retaliation from the Liberal government.

Trump took Twitter swipes at Canada following the G7 summit — mostly over Canadian dairy trade policy — but reserved his most persistent and personal attacks for Trudeau himself, calling him "dishonest" and "weak" for telling the closing G7 news conference that Canada would not be "pushed around" on trade.

Canada extending mission in Latvia

  Canada extending mission in Latvia Canada extending mission in LatviaTrudeau made the announcement in Riga following a meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and indicated that he hopes the increased Canadian commitment to Latvia gets the attention of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Hours after the G7 summit , US President Donald Trump is attacking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau On Saturday, Trump lapsed into his pre- summit rhetoric again, calling Trudeau "dishonest and weak" another jab at his summit -mates, considering how far back he had to dig to find that one .

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to meet President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia next month in a one - on - one summit meeting , a politically sensitive encounter that could exacerbate strains with NATO allies even if Trump Refuses to Sign G-7 Statement and Calls Trudeau ‘Weak’. June 9, 2018.

White House officials piled on, characterizing the prime minister as a back-stabber. Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro went as far as telling a U.S. talk show that there was "a special place in hell" for Trudeau — a remark he later walked back.

Going into the NATO summit, Trudeau tried to present the appearance of business-as-usual for the alliance and insisted the lines of communication with Washington remain open.

"I speak with (Trump) fairly regularly and I look forward to seeing him again," he said.

There's a big target painted on Trudeau's back, however.

On his way to the summit, Trump fired off another Twitter volley: "Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of two per cent (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made. Will they reimburse the U.S.?"

NATO doesn't work that way, of course. Members don't pay dues, although they do contribute to common military and civilian programs and Washington pays almost a quarter of those costs.

The formula is based on national income. No NATO ally is in arrears.

Trump does, however, want NATO members to "pay up" and meet the two per cent benchmark the alliance has set as a defence spending target.

Trudeau said Canada will not double its defence budget to get to that mark.

"It's an important metric among others to gauge how countries are doing in term of contributors to NATO," the prime minister said. "But ultimately the more important metrics are always ... countries stepping up consistently with capacities that NATO needs."

Trudeau insists Canada spending enough on defence, as Trump declares victory at NATO .
Trudeau insists Canada spending enough on defence, as Trump declares victory at NATO Instead, Trudeau said at the wrap of the summit in Brussels that Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to work toward contributing two per cent of its gross domestic product to military spending — the military alliance's benchmark —and reverse any cuts.

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