Trudeau pulled it off with Trump

Violet Powell
February 14, 2017

There is no shortage of advice being offered to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he prepares to meet U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday at the White House in Washington.

Within days of Trump being sworn in January 20, he signed executive orders than temporarily ban travel from seven mostly-Muslim nations and refugees coming into the United States.

2 p.m. Trump and Trudeau hold a media availability session.

In addition to trade, the leaders and their aides discussed current events such as North Korea's missile tests and the search for a new USA ambassador to Ottawa. "I knew this was what people were wanting", he said.

Mr Nanos expects that Mr Trudeau, if asked, will speak about how Canada is welcoming refugees or seeking to expand free trade, without saying anything critical about Mr Trump's point of view, conscious that the President has not hesitated to take an aggressive tone with other world leaders, in particular those of Mexico and Australia. "Canada will always stay true to the values that have made us this extraordinary country, a place of openness". We are getting such praise for our stance and it's a stance of common sense. "We should coordinate closely and we will coordinate closely to protect jobs in our hemisphere and keep wealth on our continent and to keep everyone safe", the USA president said of his northern neighbor.

Trudeau said his country, which has accepted almost 40,000 refugees from Syria in the past year, "has always taken our responsibility toward security very seriously and our allies including the United States understand this focus very well". "We'll be tweaking it", he said, distinguishing Canada from Mexico.

Defending the public response to his policies, Trump said, "In the end everyone is going to be extremely happy".

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American relations are crucial for Canada as more than 75 percent of the country's exports and 98 percent of its oil exports go to the U.S. About 18 percent of U.S. exports go to Canada.

"America is deeply fortunate to have a neighbor like Canada", Trump said, hailing the opportunity to "build even more bridges" of commerce.

Mr. Trudeau has long focused on women business leaders. He added, "Obviously North Korea is a big, big problem and we will deal with that very strongly", without offering specifics.

Transportation Minister Marc Garneau recently told CBS Radio that the meeting between Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau is going to be a "high-level meeting".

Trump and Trudeau are a study in contrasts: their path to power, their political stripes, their style - they could not be more different.

When The Donald banned refugees from entering the USA, the Canadian premier responded with a tweet declaring that those "fleeing persecution, terror and war" would be welcomed to his country.

The visit may come as a welcome relief for Mr Trump who will be trying to divert attention from a growing firestorm over national security adviser Michael Flynn. The ban was halted by the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th circuit. The White House has been mulling whether to appeal the decision blocking Trump's order or to rewrite it and issue a new ban. He recognized the importance of making sure the border doesn't become a hindrance to expanding trade and creating jobs, despite USA paranoia about security.

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