Trudeau, Trump, Meet Monday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to Washington to meet President Donald Trump, Monday February 13, 2017.  This will be their first meeting in-person.

Trudeau’s Press Secretary Kate Purchase emailed a statement to the Parliamentary Press Gallery signalling anticipation.  “The leaders look forward to discussing the unique relationship between Canada and the United States of America and how we can continue to work hard for middle class Canadians and Americans, together.”

Trudeau tweeted: “Strong Canada-US ties help the middle class in both our countries.  Monday, I’ll meet @realDonaldTrump in DC to keep working for that goal.”  The meeting goes against the long-held tradition that a US President visit Canada as their first foreign trip.

Freeland, Sajjan, Morneau Visit Washington

Trudeau’s visit to Washington follows trips by three of his ministers.  Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland have been in Washington preparing for Trudeau’s meeting.

“We’ve found (our U.S. counterparts) to be interested, engaged, understanding the depth of the relationship and the importance of the relationship to the United States and Canada.  So we want to build on that,” Morneau told CBC.  The U.S. is Canada’s largest trading partner.