Trade, women is business among discussion topics at Trudeau, Trump meeting
Feb 13, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump have had their first meeting in Washington. Both were asked at a news conference if Canada is a fair trader and what changes the U.S. was hoping to make to NAFTA when it came to dealings with Canada. Trudeau answered first.
"We know that by working together, by ensuring the continued, effective integration of our two economies, we are going to be creating greater opportunities for middle-class Canadians and Americans now and well into the future."
Trump says the U.S. has what he describes as "a very outstanding trade relationship" with Canada.
"We'll be tweaking it (NAFTA), we'll be doing certain things that are going to benefit both of our countries. It's a much less severe situation than what's taken place on the southern border. For many, many years, the transaction was not fair to the United States. It was an extremely unfair transaction."
An agreement to help women in business emerged from the meeting. They have agreed to create a body called the Canada-United States council for advancement of women entrepreneurs and business leaders. Trudeau says this is about more than money.
"This is about ensuring that women have access to the same opportunities as men and prioritizing the support and empowerment of women who are senior business leaders and entrepreneurs. In doing so, we'll grow the Canadian and American economies and help our businesses prosper."
Trump added he and Trudeau both agree women play an important role in the economies of both countries.
"We must work to address the barriers faced by women and women entrepreneurs, including access to capital, access to markets and, very importantly, access to networks."
Trudeau also met with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
- Curtis Galbraith
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