Trudeau and Trump meet in London (updated)

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump. Photo: Trudeau Twitter

PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau met with U.S. President Donald Trump in London on Tuesday.

The two reaffirmed their support for the new North American Free Trade Agreement which supports millions of jobs in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. They welcomed the work towards its ratification in all three countries, according to a PMO statement.

Trudeau and Trump discussed the importance of the NATO Alliance for international peace and security as well as the indispensable Canada-U.S. partnership for the defence of North America. Trump noted Canada’s contributions to NATO missions including in Iraq, Latvia, and Romania.

The two leaders also discussed relations with China. Trump agreed with Canada’s position on the ongoing arbitrary detention of two Canadians in China and said Canada and the U.S would continue to work on this together.

Trudeau and Trump agreed to keep in touch and to strengthen their close cooperation.

ON Wednesday, Trump called Trudeau “two-faced” because, as Trudeau admitted, he and other world leaders were talking about Trump when they were caught on camera at a Buckingham Palace event on Tuesday night. However, Trump added: “Honestly with Trudeau, he’s a nice guy.”

CBC reported: “The comments came after footage emerged of the prime minister chatting with other world leaders at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. In the clip, Trudeau appears to be discussing Trump’s behaviour and his “40-minute press conference.””

CNN reported that the video shows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Trudeau and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte appearing to have a laugh about Trump’s behavior during the summit, though none of the leaders explicitly named Trump.

Trudeau appears to say at one point: “You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.” During his press conference, Trudeau said that the comment was made in reference to Trump’s announcement during their bilateral meeting that the upcoming G7 summit will be hosted at Camp David, CNN reported.

CBC said: “The viral moment likely wouldn’t have surfaced at all without Chris Rands, the CBC’s parliamentary producer in Ottawa. He spotted the exchange while he was scrolling through video footage.”

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