“The last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture”President Donald Trump and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met for the first time as colleagues before issuing a joint statement on the health of our national relationship.
Both men spoke glowingly of the other’s nation, both reminded the world that the United States and Canada share much more than a border, we share a culture, a history, and a love of Western values and freedom.
Both men also expressed the fact that no two nations would ever agree on everything, but that we do have many areas of common interest and common belief. Both leaders talked of the bond forged by the shedding of blood and how our relations had been developed over more than a century of fighting for common causes, even as today both the United States and Canada work together to fight the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism.
President Trump added that the two leaders were interested in building a stronger trading relationship, making sure that cross-border travel and migration was handled safely, securely, and responsibly. He further promised that our two countries would continue to work closely on issues of both domestic and international security.
Trump's opening remarks at the news conference with Trudeau https://t.co/DmImCybUSK
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Prime Minister Trudeau told the media that “We won’t always agree on everything but at the end of the day, Canada and the US will always remain each other’s most essential partner.” When pressed on the differences between the two nations over immigration and refugee policy Trudeau responded diplomatically, “The last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture” the USA about how it should govern itself.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau: "No other neighbors in the entire world are as fundamentally linked as we are" https://t.co/xlRmamap7q
— CNN (@CNN) February 13, 2017
You can see the entire press conference here: