President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held their first official meeting today in Washington, D.C. The two leaders affirmed their longstanding commitment to close cooperation to address both the challenges facing our two countries and problems around the world.
In a joint statement, President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau underscored the importance of the U.S.-Canada relationship. “No two countries share deeper or broader relations than Canada and the United States. We are bound together by our history, our values, our economy, our environment, and our resolve to improve the lives of our citizens. Our close relationship and ongoing collaboration allow us to successfully meet any challenges we may face over the coming years, and to build a prosperous future for the people of both countries,” the statement said.
The two leaders identified a number of other areas on which our two nations will cooperate moving forward, such as providing economic growth and jobs for both countries; improving energy security and environmental security cooperation; addressing security at our shared border and throughout our two countries; and harnessing our relationship as indispensable allies in the defense of North America and other parts of the world, through NATO and other multilateral efforts.
President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau also underscored the importance of empowering women entrepreneurs and business leaders by ensuring equal opportunities for women in the workforce in both nations. In support of this effort, the two leaders announced, “We are creating a United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. We expect this initiative to promote the growth of women-owned enterprises and to further contribute to our overall economic growth and competitiveness, as well as the enhanced integration of our economies.”
Looking ahead, President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau affirmed their shared commitment to continue to strengthen our ties for the benefit of our mutual prosperity and security. In the joint statement, both leaders shared a desire to follow up on today’s meeting with further discussions. “Our countries deserve our full commitment to increased economic growth, which we will deliver. The partnership between the United States and Canada will continue to be unique and a model for the world,” the statement concluded.
Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with his counterpart, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland at the U.S. Department of State.
Editor's Note: This entry is also published on Medium.com/StateDept.
For more information:
- Read the full joint statement from President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
- Follow @WhiteHouse and @POTUS on Twitter for other updates and photos from today’s visit.
- Check out this readout of the Vice President's Meeting with Canadian Ministers
- Learn more about the United States’ engagement with Canada.