Canada’s Trudeau: Trump will leave NAFTA in place in 2018

After dealing with President Trump on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that President Trump is indeed a fair-minded individual who takes opposing views into account.

Speaking at an event in Toronto which was co-sponsored by The New York Times, Trudeau’s audience thought he was joking with the kind words about Trump, but he quickly corrected them by saying, “No, I can understand the laughter but there’s a lot of politicians who have a deep, vested interest in being right all the time and therefore close themselves off sometimes to facts or evidence or differing opinions. What I’ve found from this president is he will listen to arguments made. He will look at the ensemble of facts and proposals of impacts you put together, and he will be open to shifting his position.”

After watching a strong relationship develop between Trudeau, 45, and former President Obama, 55, political pundits predicted that Trump and the liberal-minded Trudeau wouldn’t get along, especially when discussing issues such as trade, immigration and climate change. However, this does not seem to be the case.

After making endless campaign promises that if elected he would pull out of NAFTA — which Trump has called “the worst” trade deal in history — President Trump has shifted gears and is now willing to renegotiate the deal with Canada and Mexico. As a result, Trudeau stated, “NAFTA will remain a hugely important and successful trade deal for both our countries,” adding that he’s confident the trade agreement will be in place in 2018.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has no worries about Trump’s relationship with Trudeau and said so in a February interview. “I know both of them. I know their skills and some of their attributes and their talents,” he said. “I think they are going to find a lot to be happy about.”

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