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All eyes on Trudeau as he meets Trump in Washington

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen preparing to depart Ottawa for Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13. Photo from The Canadian Press

PHOTOS: All eyes on Trudeau as he meets Trump in Washington

Karen Jouhal
Editor

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Washington, D.C., on Monday for his first face-to-face meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trudeau’s flight out of Ottawa was delayed slightly due to snow. Joining him on the trip were five cabinet ministers and some of his closest aides, including senior political adviser Gerald Butts and chief of staff Katie Telford.

Trudeau arrived at the White House shortly before 11 a.m. ET to meet Trump. The pair were seen smiling and appeared to greet each other warmly with a firm handshake at the door of the West Wing. The U.S. president then ushered the Canadian prime minister inside, where they posed for cameras in the Oval Office before holding a private meeting.

Later during a roundtable discussion with female executives from the U.S. and Canada, the two leaders unveiled the creation of a joint task force focused on women in the workforce. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, who helped organize and recruit participants for the talk, sat next to Trudeau.

The president took a moment at the event to express his appreciation for the gift the prime minister gave him — a vintage photo of Trump with Trudeau’s father, the late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. It was presented in a silver frame adorned with maple leaves.

“I am honoured to be here with Prime Minister Trudeau, whose father I knew and respected greatly,” Trump told the crowd.

In a joint statement issued mid-afternoon, the two neighbouring leaders recognized “profound shared economic interests” between their countries and pledged to work tirelessly to boost growth and generate jobs in the U.S. and Canada.

Trudeau and Trump then held a news conference to field questions from media, where both leaders spoke highly of Canada-U.S. relations.

Trudeau ended his day in Washington by meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.