Prime Minister Trudeau will meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday.
Trudeau spoke to Trump last month, after a deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway also told CNN on Tuesday that Trudeau would come to the White House "next week". In January, just days before Trump took office, [url=http://www t=_blank] Digital Journal reported on press secretary Sean Spicer's comment when asked about his threat to tax goods manufactured by US companies in Mexico and Canada.
Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan sat down with U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis at the Pentagon on Monday, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau is expected to participate in talks with White House economic advisors on Thursday and on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland met for the first time with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil CEO who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 1. The two leaders are slated to play golf Saturday in Florida.
Last month, though, Trump cleared the way for TransCanada Corp's proposed Keystone XL pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to USA refineries.
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The White House meeting was long expected, despite signs of tension between Trump and Trudeau.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet on Wednesday with the foreign ministers of U.S. neighbors Canada and Mexico for discussions that are likely to touch on the future of the three countries' NAFTA trade agreement.
Canadian officials have been emphasizing the importance of Canadian consumers to the American economy, noting repeatedly that Canada is the top customer for 35 states.
"This White House really wants to show that it can get foreign policy right and that it can get trade right".
She said she had conveyed that same stance to Tillerson.