Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is at the White House to meet with President Donald Trump.
The 2 met at the White House to promote women in business. He and Trump share a common goal, Trudeau said, which was to ensure prosperity for working families, later adding, "We have to allow free flow of goods and services and be aware of integration".
But what really matters on trade happens behind closed doors, John Weekes, who served as Canada's chief negotiator on NAFTA, told Foreign Policy. "On the southern border, for many, many years the transaction was not fair to the United States".
Journalists quizzed the two leaders over their opposing stances on refugees, after bilateral talks at the White House.
Trump's pledge to re-work the North American Free Trade Agreement - or void it altogether if he does not get satisfactory concessions - hover over his first face-to-face meeting with the leader of the United States' northern neighbor.
Stephen Schwarzman, also a Wall Street tycoon, has said "things should go well for Canada" if the president renegotiates NAFTA because Canada isn't like other countries.
Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, attended the meeting and helped recruit participants and set the agenda.
Trudeau acknowledged that Canada has had some differences with the USA internationally, but he said he won't lecture another country on a foreign visit.
Trump's executive order to bar travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries caused confusion at the Windsor-Detroit border when it was first implemented, and although restrictions have been lifted since a federal judge ruled against it, there are fears the so-called travel ban could be reinstated at any time. The good news is, Trudeau managed to escape Trump's handshake of doom!
Trump later said that there are "many, many problems" that he has learned about in more detail since assuming office, saying that North Korea is a "big, big, problem" but noted that "we have problems [in] just about every corner of the globe". Anyway, unlike the Trudeau/Obama bromance, it appears our new president won't inspire any sexy intra-continental leader fan fiction, hard as that may be to believe.
And Trudeau sidestepped a question about Trump's refugee ban from a Canadian reporter.
Though Trudeau didn't mention that at the conference he said he was trying to be a positive example of openness. But it would be a mistake to assume that shoring up an advantageous bilateral relationship with the US, while letting multilateral institutions atrophy, is ever any Canadian government's smartest strategic play.