In the wide-ranging meeting, President-elect Donald Trump’s Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, will pitch American businesses on the thousands of Canadian jobs they keep and try to reassure American officials Canada will support “growth and security” in the trans-Atlantic partnership despite a tough Trump administration.
Mr. Trudeau will also repeat his “no pipelines” pledge — that the country will remain open for business but not build new export terminals that would export the country’s natural resources.
His meeting comes after the US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson assured Canadian officials that TransCanada’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline will not be brought back to life.
‘We had a very good meeting with Mr. Trudeau today,’ Mnuchin said after the closed-door meeting in the Oval Office, with Trudeau standing beside him.
‘The economic relationship between the two countries continues to be a cornerstone of US foreign policy.’
Trudeau wants to highlight how Canada will strengthen US ties through stronger trade ties as he seeks out and engages US officials.