Trudeau heading to the US to meet with President Trump next week

Jun 13 2019, 4:37 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is heading to Washington, DC next week, to meet with US President Donald Trump.

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According to the Prime Minister’s office, Trudeau “will be there to discuss the ratification of the new North American Free Trade Agreement with Trump.”

The pair will also “exchange views on efforts to resolve outstanding trade issues.”

In advance of the upcoming G20 Osaka Summit, the pair will “discuss key global challenges,” including China’s wrongful detention of two Canadian citizens.

Finally, the subject of security and defence partnerships between the two countries is also expected to be a talking point.

“Canadians and Americans are better off when we work together to grow the middle class and create new opportunities on both sides of the border,” said Trudeau.

According to officials, some 384,000 people and $2.6 billion worth of goods and services cross the border between the two countries every day.

Officials also noted that Canada buys more goods from the United States than China, Japan, and the United Kingdom combined, and the US is the single greatest investor in Canada.

For his part, Trudeau said he is looking forward to meeting with Trump to “discuss the ratification of the new NAFTA, and how we can continue to strengthen our vital trade and economic partnership.”

The upcoming discussion follows a recent meeting between Trudeau and US Vice President Mike Pence, in Ottawa at the end of last month.

Trump and Trudeau will meet with each other on June 20.