Canada Trudeau, Trump have informal meeting on trade

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

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

  Trudeau not planning one-on-one meeting with Trump at NATO summit 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. The Prime Minister's Office said that, at the moment, no face-to-face meeting has been planned between Trudeau and Trump.

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.

Trudeau affirms NAFTA amid U.S.-Mexico talks .
Despite fresh rumblings of a bilateral deal between the United States and Mexico, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is convinced that a full North American Free Trade Agreement is best for all three countries. Trudeau said Friday that NAFTA remains the preferred option for ensuring prosperity for workers across North America.

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