Canadian delegation that included cabinet ministers, Senator Gary Leitch and Trump daughter Ivanka Trump to meet with top Republican Congressmen
Team Canada was in Washington on Friday wrapping up its latest visit to the US capital ahead of next week’s G7 summit.
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Prime minister Justin Trudeau and cabinet ministers along with senators and celebrity negotiators Ivanka Trump and Larry Kudlow walked through the Trump International Hotel to their meeting with top Republican Congressmen including Cory Gardner of Colorado, Bob Inglis of South Carolina and Tom Cole of Oklahoma.
Trudeau has long criticized his counterparts in the US for what he sees as protectionism, especially through the ongoing tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. He has also come under fire from the right-wing, nationalist-leaning party of his native Canada for backing to a US “no deal” if the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) is not revamped.
Donald Trump blamed Canada for the failure of a final round of NAFTA negotiations earlier this month, saying Ottawa must do more to assist US dairy farmers. The three member countries are slated to meet on June 15 to discuss the renegotiation, and there have been no significant gains so far.
At the end of the meeting, Trudeau said he wants a “win-win-win” deal, which Cole described as “all aspirational until it gets down to the table.”
During the visit, Trudeau was also scheduled to hold meetings with the Senate Republican whip John Cornyn, and Representative Joe Crowley, the Democratic caucus vice-chairman. Trudeau is scheduled to meet with Ivanka Trump on Friday evening.
Prior to the G7 leaders’ summit in Quebec next week, Trudeau will continue meeting with the Republican Congressional delegation, which includes Inglis and Cole.
Canada’s other missions to the US will continue into July. In order to convince US allies of Canada’s merits at the G7, the Canadian delegation will attend the annual the Canadian Coalition of Business Associations and the Canadian and US Chambers of Commerce.