Trudeau in Washington amid alarm bells
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Washington at a jittery moment in the U.S. capital, to the sound of metaphorical alarm bells being rung by American power-brokers about the possibility of President Donald Trump triggering different international crises.
The warnings are coming from corners that would normally be tight allies of a Republican administration — yet they are now expressing concern that erratic presidential behaviour might cause chaos on trade and national security. The biggest U.S. business group has launched a lobby effort to save the North American Free Trade Agreement, worrying that the president might be sabotaging the renegotiation. This is the thorn-filled thicket awaiting Trudeau. Amid disputes over tariffs on lumber and Bombardier planes, and the NAFTA talks, Trudeau plans to discuss several trade concerns with the president on Wednesday.