Trump welcomes Trudeau to Washington

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 13, 2017

Trump and Trudeau will sit for a working lunch and participate in a roundtable discussion about women in the workforce, which was reportedly spearheaded by Ivanka Trump.

Trudeau, age 45, and Trump, age 70, have vastly different outlooks of the world.

In late 2015, he drew attention for naming a Cabinet that was 50 per cent women, saying that he chose a group that "looks like Canada".

Canada has also seen a steady increase in refugees seeking help in recent weeks after being denied asylum in the US or concluding that Trump's travel ban has created unwelcome and even unsafe conditions for them. But Trudeau is expected to focus on common economic interests.

Trump has said he wants to discuss his plan to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement, which involves the United States, Canada and Mexico. The officials agreed to confirm the move only if they were not quoted by name because they were not authorised to make the information public.

A video of Trump welcoming Trudeau shows the prime minister quickly grasping the president's shoulder with his left arm, seemingly bracing for a potential pull.

Overall, Canada is the third-largest exporter of goods to the United States, but it's America's largest export market.

If you're gonna shake hands with Trump, take a cue from Trudeau and come prepared to play defense.

"The overriding priority will be for Canada to maintain secure and reliable access to the United States market and the supply chains that crisscross the border", Paris said.

Last week, Trudeau said he would be respectful in broaching areas where the two men disagree, and he pointed out there are issues where he sees eye-to-eye with Trump, such as creating jobs for the middle class. He will also meet with legislative leaders on Capitol Hill.

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