Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is emerging as a leader of the liberal global resistance to President Trump, plans to visit Washington Monday for his first face-to-face meeting with the newly-inaugurated US leader.
Trudeau's office said in a statement that the leaders looked forward to discussing the two nations" "unique relationship'. Traditionally, the US president makes Canada the destination of his first official visit, although former president George W. Bush first travelled to Mexico in 2001.
Justin Trudeau will visit the White House Monday.
Trump made free trade deals a major target during his campaign for the presidency.
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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. His travel ban has also created uncertainty and confusion for many Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and Trump has been calling on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to invest more in our military.
"This week's visits are really smart scene-setters for that eventual meeting between the prime minister and the president", Paul Frazer, a former Canadian diplomat who runs a private consulting firm in the American capital, told the CBC.
Tomorrow Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will come to the White House to meet with Trump, before the leaders fly to the 'Winter White House, ' Mar-a-Lago, for a weekend of golfing.
The Canadian government has been focused on the possible impact of Trump's trade policies after he pledged during the election to renegotiate or trash NAFTA and pull out of the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership.