OTTAWA, ON. (NEWS 1130) – The Prime Minister’s Office confirms Justin Trudeau will have his first face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump on Monday in Washington, DC.
— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 9, 2017
The announcement came in a statement from the prime minister’s Director of Communications, which simply said the two leaders look forward to discussing “the unique relationship between Canada and the United States” and how best to “work hard for middle class Canadians and Americans, together.”
Strong Canada-US ties help the middle class in both our countries. Monday, I’ll meet @realDonaldTrump in DC to keep working for that goal.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 9, 2017
Of course, there is more to it than that with a lot on the line for our country and our economy. US President Trump wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and there is talk of a border tax on Canadian exports. His travel ban has also created uncertainty and confusion for many Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and Trump has been calling on NATO allies to invest more in our military.
This week three high-level cabinet ministers have been in the US capital laying the groundwork for this important meeting by stressing the need to keep our borders open to goods and people and pushing Canada’s interests.
— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) February 9, 2017