Canada Trudeau, Trump have informal meeting on trade

20:36  11 july  2018
20:36  11 july  2018 Source:

Trudeau avoids criticizing Trump after Helsinki meeting

  Trudeau avoids criticizing Trump after Helsinki meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has avoided criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's behaviour Monday during a controversial media conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This Week's Circulars require(["c.deferred"], function () { require({ js: '//' }); }); Instead, Trudeau tried to draw a clear distinction Tuesday between himself and Trump when he was asked about the meeting. "Canada has been unequivocal in our condemnation of Vladimir Putin and Russia," said Trudeau in Sutherlands River, N.S.

President Trump boasted in a fundraising speech Wednesday that he made up information in a meeting with the leader of a top U.S. ally, saying he insisted to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the United States runs a trade deficit with its neighbor to the north without knowing

Donald Trump bragged that he made up facts in a meeting with the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau , according to an audio “We have a very big trade deficit with them, and we protect them,” Trump was quoted as telling donors. “We lose money on trade , and we lose money on the military.

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BRUSSELS - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke informally with U.S. President Donald Trump today — the first face-to-face encounter the two have had since the explosive G7 meetings last month in Quebec.

A spokeswoman for the prime minister says the conversation was on the margins of the NATO summit in Brussels and focused on trade, including efforts to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The two also touched on the implications of a new Mexican president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, for NAFTA negotiations.

The discussion was not an official bilateral meeting, which are common during summits involving world leaders like NATO.

News of the meeting comes as a final communique is issued by NATO members a day early.

It is signed by all 29 NATO leaders and reaffirms the alliance's "unwavering commitment" to see member states dedicate two per cent of GDP on defence spending by 2024.

Thomas Walkom: Nationalism is being forced on Trudeau .
Like his father, Pierre, Justin Trudeau is an internationalist. Pierre Trudeau found the nationalism of his native Quebec narrow and confining. And he was never entirely comfortable with the economic nationalists in his own Liberal Party.But he recognized that both were powerful forces and acted accordingly. Bilingualism was his attempt to defang Quebec separatism. The National Energy Program was in part an attempt to counter the power of multinational oil companies operating in Canada.

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