Calling it “an honour” to be with a “friend” of his, US President Donald Trump met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in London, England, today.
The two leaders are there as part of the NATO summit taking place this week.
Trump congratulated Trudeau on his recent federal election victory, and said Trudeau has “done a very good job” in his role.
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“We actually have a very good relationship, and a good relationship in terms of our countries,” he said.
Trump then shifted the conversation to his frustration with what he views as an unnecessary delay in his government passing the new US-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) and placed the blame for the delay squarely on the shoulders of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“We’re trying to get Nancy Pelosi to put it [USMCA] up for a vote,” he said, turning to Trudeau.
“You know, if it gets put up for a vote it passes, but so far, [Pelosi] hasn’t decided to do that,” he said. “It’s up to her – it’s actually a single individual, as the speaker of the house, it’s that person’s decision, and she’s the speaker of the house.”
He then called the USMCA “a great deal” for Mexico, Canada, and the US.
“It’s a lot of jobs for everybody, and it replaces the deal that’s really a lousy deal – bad deal for – I can’t refer to you – but I would say for the United States that the deal that we have right now is terrible – NAFTA – it’s a terrible deal for the United States.”
As such, he said, “we look forward to being able to vote – make the vote on USMCA.”
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In a statement, the PMO’s office said Trudeau and Trump also discussed relations with China.
“The president agreed with Canada’s position on the ongoing arbitrary detention of two Canadians in China and said Canada and the US would continue to work on this together,” the statement said.