President Donald Trump met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday, June 20, to encourage passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement also known as the USMCA.
“We work in particular on the USMCA. And we hope to have bipartisan support. I think Justin, you’re going to be making the rounds of Congress later on?” asked President Trump.
Trudeau replied, “Meeting a few people.”
The president continued, “That’s a terrific thing. But it’s great to have you so we’re going to be talking about that and generally we’ll be talking trade and other things and we’re then going to have lunch and some meetings and it’s an interesting day. But it’ll be like a positive day, I think, like usual. That’s the way we want to have it. We want to have very positive days, we only have positive days.”
In order to get passage of the USMCA, the Democrat controlled Congress will have to support the agreement, which Mexico was the first to ratify on Wednesday.
President Trump highlighted the scope of the agreement and how it will bring all three countries together in relation to competing with the rest of the world.
“Again, it’s the largest trade deal by far ever entered into. And we’re very close to having it finalized. It means a lot of jobs for our country, a lot of wealth for all three countries and we’re really competing against the world. You know we’re not competing with each other so much, it just brings us into a position where we’re not competing with each other, we’re competing against the world. And that’s what we’re doing.” said the president.
The president then specifically mentioned the three countries working together to compete with Asia, which includes contentious issues with China for both Canada and the United States.
“We’re competing against big sections of the world including Asia and including other areas and I think it’s going to be very special. I think it’s going to end up being a very important deal.”
In December 2018, Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei in Vancouver, Canada, at the request of the United States. Canada was obligated to make the arrest as part of the extradition treaty between Canada and the United States.
The arrest created a rift between Canada and China, a vast departure from the intimate and deeply intertwined relationship that the Trudeau government had been building with China’s communist regime. President Trump’s comment about the United States and Canada working together as a competitor to China would further strengthen relationships between Canada and the United States and further increase Canada’s departure from the Chinese regime.
A reporter asked if President Trump would help Trudeau to get a meeting with Chinese ruler Xi Jinping regarding the release of two Canadians who were arrested by the Chinese regime in China after the arrest of the Huawei CFO in Canada.
President Trump replied and addressed Trudeau, “Well I don’t know that he’s trying to make—are you trying to get a meeting?
Trudeau replied, “We’ve got a lot of things to discuss.”
The president offered, “Otherwise I’ll represent them well, I will tell you. We have a meeting set up with President Xi and it’s obviously on the big transaction that we’re talking about in negotiating. Our people are actually speaking now, we’ll see what happens with that. But anything I can do to help Canada I will be doing.”
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