PM wary of Merkel-Trump rift

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS ROME —

Justin Trudeau was tugged between dual loy­al­ties span­ning the At­lantic Ocean as he com­mit­ted Tues­day to work­ing with the United States and Europe for the eco­nomic good of all Cana­di­ans.

The prime min­is­ter was at­tempt­ing to nav­i­gate the stormy transat­lantic rift that has emerged between the U.S. and Europe fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s de­but at the G7 and NATO sum­mits.

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel has sug­gested there has been a dis­ap­point­ing shift in re­la­tions between Europe and the U.S. af­ter the con­ti­nent couldn’t reach a cli­mate change deal with Trump at the G7.

As Trudeau wrapped up his trip to Italy, fol­low­ing his ap­pear­ance at the two sum­mits, he touted the Canada-EU free trade deal as well as a com­mit­ment to cli­mate change as ways to cre­ate jobs.

“We will al­ways work to­gether and high­light the shared val­ues that are equally im­por­tant on both sides of the At­lantic, in­clud­ing in the United States,” Trudeau said.

Un­like Merkel, who faces an elec­tion later this year and won’t win votes if she sides with Trump, Trudeau must build bridges with the mer­cu­rial U.S. pres­i­dent be­cause Canada is eco­nom­i­cally in­ter­twined with its No. 1 trad­ing part­ner.

Canada will join the U.S. and Mex­ico at the bar­gain­ing ta­ble later this sum­mer to rene­go­ti­ate the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment.

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