Justin Trudeau snubs Donald Trump White House invitation

Elias Hubbard
July 7, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made it official: he will not be travelling to Washington to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the new NAFTA - or USMCA or CUSMA or whatever they're calling the latest North American trade deal these days - and good on him for saying thanks but no thanks.

The trip to Washington will be Lopez Obrador's first official overseas visit, and he will meet Trump on Wednesday.

Trudeau will be attending Cabinet meetings and a sitting of parliament in Ottawa, his office said in a statement.

Trudeau is conducting online Cabinet meetings instead of in person meetings because of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump succeeded in fulfilling the pledge by concluding the new trade deal, called the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), which forces Canada to open its dairy market to us farmers, among other victories for American interests.

"We wish the United States and Mexico well at Wednesday's meeting".

A senior United States administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to be quoted by name, said Trudeau had multiple conflicts related to the start of Parliament and coronavirus regulations that require Canadians who travel overseas to quarantine for 14 days on return. Lopez Obrador had expressed hope Trudeau would join, as well.

But the Mexican president has maintained a cordial relationship with Trump and went so far as to publicly encourage Trudeau to take part in the meeting, to no avail. "Trudeau will still be power after the election, Trump much less likely so". It will help ensure that North America emerges stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic'.

Lopez Obrador and Trudeau spoke by phone on Monday, ahead of the Mexican president's meeting with Trump later this week.

'Trump didn't really like either [French President Emanuel] Macron or Trudeau, ' Bolton wrote. Trudeau's a "behind your back guy,"' according to Bolton.

Trudeau cited concerns over the threats of new aluminium and steel tariffs from the US.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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