Trudeau Declines White House Invitation To Trade Agreement Celebration

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined on the grounds that he needs to be at cabinet and parliament meetings.

ABC News reports that Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, has turned down a White House invitation to celebrate the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement on free trade.

  • President Donald J. Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador are expected to meet in Washington on Wednesday, July 8.
  • Spokesperson Chantel Gagnon said that Trudeau wishes both Trump and Obrador well but that he will not attend.
  • Gagnon said, “While there were recent discussions about the possible participation of Canada, the prime minister will be in Ottawa this week for scheduled Cabinet meetings and the long-planned sitting of Parliament.”
  • ABC notes that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trudeau has been conducting cabinet meetings online instead of in-person.
  • A senior official from Trump’s administration, speaking anonymously because they were not authorized to be quoted by name, told ABC that Trudeau had multiple conflicts related to the start of Parliament and Canadian COVID-19 regulations requiring travelers to quarantine for fourteen days.
  • In lieu of attending in person, the official says that Trump will speak to Trudeau over the phone.
  • Obrador also said he would speak to Trudeau by phone.

Gagnon added that the new treaty “is good for Canada, the United States, and Mexico. It will help ensure that North America emerges stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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