President Donald Trump held a joint press conference on Monday with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
On a funnier note, we can say that today a real estate mogul billionaire met with a former substitute drama teacher and the end result was a very boring yet productive discussion during which The Donald and Justin chose to take questions from mostly benign media outlets.
The 2 leaders agreed to fight against drugs crossing the border and discussed the need for greater infrastructure spending, brushed over US immigration policy and planned a joint council to benefit women entrepreneurs in North America.
Despite President Trump’s previous acid comments about dismantling/re-negotiating NAFTA, both leaders said that their countries are committed to improve economic integration and to maintain trade ties that create and support tens of millions of jobs in US and Canada alike.
Trump explained that he’s looking to change the North American Free Trade Agreement especially when it comes to dealing with Mexico and not so much with Canada, where everything is nice and dandy, i.e. the trade deficit with Canada is much less severe. However, the US will be tweaking the rules a little bit on trade with Canada too when the accord will be renegotiated.
“We know our economy is very dependent on our bonds, our relationship with the United States. We continue to understand that we have to allow this free flow of goods and services.”
“Relationships between neighbors are pretty complex — and we won’t always agree on everything.”
We know that by working together — by ensuring the continued integration of our two economies — we will be continuing to create good opportunities for the middle class.”
“The last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country on how they choose to govern themselves.”
President Trump’s most important statements:
“We share much more than a border, we share the same values…America is deeply fortunate to have a neighbor like Canada.”
“It’s a much less severe situation than what’s taking place on the southern border.”
“We want to have to have a big beautiful, open door, but we cannot have the wrong people come in.”
Mainstream media luminaries were outraged after 4 “regular” journalists asked a series of questions regarding major international issues, the likes of trade policy, immigration and national security, issues that affect people in both US and Canada, instead of obsessing over the anti Trump narrative about Michael Flynn that was pushed by the MSM all weekend.
Stunning that not one reporter asked Trump to respond to reports about Flynn pre-inaugural contacts w Russians about sanctions
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) February 13, 2017
Reporters covering the White House who fail to ask the president about the most pressing news of the day should be ashamed of themselves.
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) February 13, 2017
Biggest papers in U.S. blare headlines on embattled National Security Adviser Flynn. Trump calls on WJLA & Daily Caller, no Flynn questions.
— Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) February 13, 2017