Ottawa, Ontario - January 7, 2019

Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, spoke with the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

The two leaders discussed the importance of trade and jobs, building upon the successful renegotiation of the new North American Free Trade Agreement. They reaffirmed their support for workers affected by the closure of General Motors plants in Canada and the United States, and discussed next steps in addressing steel and aluminum tariffs.

The two leaders discussed their respective visits in December with military personnel serving abroad in support of peace and security, to Mali by the Prime Minister and to Iraq by the President.

The two leaders discussed an extradition request made of Canada by the United States. They reaffirmed the importance of respecting judicial independence and the rule of law.  

The Prime Minister thanked the President for the strong statements of support by the United States in response to the arbitrary detention of two Canadians in China. The two leaders agreed to continue to seek their release.

The Prime Minister and President undertook to remain in close contact on these and other issues.