Trump meets Canada leader in trade talks

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­mained non­com­mit­tal about the fu­ture of the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment on Wed­nes­day as he wel­comed Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau to the White House amid sim­mer­ing dis­putes over trade between the two North Amer­i­can neigh­bors.

Trudeau joined Trump in the Oval Of­fice at the start of a new round of talks over the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment, which the U.S. pres­i­dent has threat­ened to with­draw from if he can’t ne­go­ti­ate a bet­ter agree­ment with Canada and Mex­ico.

“We have to pro­tect our work­ers and in all fair­ness the prime min­is­ter wants to pro­tect Canada and his peo­ple also,” Trump said.

The trade ne­go­ti­a­tions this week in Wash­ing­ton have got­ten off to a rocky start, with the U.S. Cham­ber of Com­merce warn­ing that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion might be sab­o­tag­ing the talks with un­re­al­is­tic pro­pos­als.

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