Trump, Trudeau meet­ing to hap­pen Mon­day

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

WASHINGTON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will re­ceive Canada’s prime min­is­ter at the White House next week for their first of­fi­cial meet­ing, af­ter weeks of back-and-forth about set­ting a tan­gi­ble agenda be­yond pleas­antries and first-en­counter photo ops. Sev­eral peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the plan­ning said un­cer­tainty about the date lin­gered for a rea­son — the Cana­dian side wanted spe­cific re­sults, while the Amer­i­can ad­min­is­tra­tion is still busy get­ting its cab­i­net con­firmed. The sched­ul­ing drama was fur­ther fu­elled by a spec­tac­u­lar pub­lic rift between Trump and the pres­i­dent of Mex­ico last month, scrub­bing plans for a po­ten­tial tri­lat­eral meet­ing of the con­ti­nent’s Three Ami­gos. Now, it’s fi­nally on: Justin Trudeau will fly to Washington for a meet­ing with the new pres­i­dent on Mon­day, both coun­tries con­firmed in state­ments af­ter weeks of ram­pant ru­mours about the when and where. ‘’Strong Canada-U.S. ties help the mid­dle class in both our coun­tries,’’ Trudeau tweeted Thurs­day. ‘’Mon­day, I’ll meet ?re­alDon­aldTrump in D.C. to keep work­ing for that goal.’’

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