Trudeau takes a pass on meeting this week with Trump, Lopez Obrador

Trudeau takes a pass on meeting this week with Trump, Lopez Obrador

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference at Rideau Cottage, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada June 22, 2020.

President Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador are set to meet in Washington Wednesday to commemorate the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) taking effect, but Trudeau will not be present, The Associated Press reported.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not attend talks in Washington this week to mark the start of a new North American trade deal, Mexico's president said, adding that the two leaders will instead talk by telephone later on Monday morning.

"We wish the United States and Mexico well at Wednesday's meeting". Lopez Obrador had expressed hope Trudeau would join, as well.

Over the last few months the prime minister has participated in various worldwide meetings via telephone or videoconference, saying last week that in his view it is important to keep meeting as world leaders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

When asked whether he was considering attending the G7 meeting, Trudeau cited the ongoing Canada-U.S. border restrictions and said his decision would be reliant on public health advice.

'We're obviously concerned about the proposed issue of tariffs on aluminum and steel that the Americans have floated recently, ' Trudeau told reporters. "Trudeau will still be power after the election, Trump much less likely so".

'I assume they understood what he was doing, and they responded in kind, playing along because it suited their interests not to be in a permanent tiff with the US president'. Trudeau's a "behind your back guy,"' according to Bolton.

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