Washington, February 14: The United States and Canada have vowed to work together to strengthen their relationship in trade and investment. Both countries also stressed to strengthen the middle-class people. Notably, U.S president Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held their first official meeting on Monday in Washington and affirmed their strong determination to further strengthen the U.S.-Canada Alliance and economic relationship.
Trump, Trudeau also affirmed the commitment of their longstanding commitment to close cooperation in addressing both the challenges facing our two countries and problems around the world.
“No two countries share deeper or broader relations than Canada and the United States. We are bound together by our history, our values, our economy, our environment, and our resolve to improve the lives of our citizens. Our close relationship and ongoing collaboration allow us to successfully meet any challenges we may face over the coming years, and to build a prosperous future for the people of both countries,” President Trump said in a joint press statement with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
Trump pledged to work with Canada “in pursuit of our many shared interests.” Trudeau spoke of a special bond and the “deep abiding respect” between the two countries, though he also said that “relationships between neighbors are pretty complex.”
Speaking at a news conference Monday, both the leaders also announced the creation of the United States, Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders, Female Entrepreneurs, a partnership between the two nations focused on fostering job opportunities for women.
“I am focused and you are focused on the important role women play in our economies,” Trump said to Trudeau in a news conference Monday. Trump said it was important to ensure an economy is a place where “women can work and thrive.” Trudeau stressed that women have had to overcome barriers to succeed in business.
The neighbouring leaders were taking up the subject in their first face-to-face meeting. At a roundtable discussion about women Monday morning, Trump said the “system is not working so well for entrepreneurs” particularly for women.
Trudeau added that having “women in business is a powerful leverage for success.” On the other side, Trump said America “is deeply fortunate to have a neighbour like Canada.”
Trump said the two countries share much more than a border, including shared values and defense interests. He also commended Canada’s contribution to the effort to defeat the Islamic State group. Trump further said that both countries are stronger when they work together and is pledging to work with Trudeau “in pursuit of our many shared interests.”
“We continue to pursue our policies of openness toward immigrants and refugees without compromising security,” Trudeau said. “And part of the reason we have been successful in doing that over the past year welcoming close to 40,000 Syrian refugees is because we have been coordinating with our allies, the United States and around the world, to demonstrate that security comes very seriously to us and that’s something we continue to deal with.”
Relations with the U.S. are crucial as more than 75 percent of Canada’s exports go to the US, while 18 percent of U.S. exports go to Canada. There are fears among Canadians that they could be hurt as Trump targets Mexico in a re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Trudeau’s close cooperation with Trump and the first daughter of women in business could ease some worries among Canadians that the U.S. president will enact protectionist measures that could hurt the Canadian economy. It could also alleviate some fears that Trump will be as combative with Trudeau as he has been with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.
Notably, Trudeau, age 45, and Trump, age 70, have vastly different outlooks on the world. Trudeau is a liberal who champions free trade and has welcomed 40,000 Syrian refugees. He calls himself a feminist and his Cabinet is 50 percent women. Trump has few women in his Cabinet. He has taken a protectionist stance on trade and wants to crack down on the inflow of migrants and refugees.