Days after successful negotiation of USMCA pact, Justin Trudeau says working with Donald Trump 'not always simple'

Montreal: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said working with US President Donald Trump is "not always simple," as he welcomed the successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

A file photo of Justin Trudeau. Reuters

A file photo of Justin Trudeau. Reuters

Speaking on an episode of Quebec's most popular talk show, "Tout Le Monde En Parle," broadcast on Sunday Trudeau said he had done his job of "standing up for Canadians" in agreeing the USMCA trade pact with the US, Canada and Mexico. Asked about his relationship with Trump, Trudeau cautiously acknowledged it is "not always simple."

"He knows it and so do I. We are not aligned on many things and it is sometimes difficult to find common ground, but we managed to do it fairly well," Trudeau said. Relations between the two leaders took a hit in June, when Trump taunted Trudeau as "very dishonest and weak" and "meek and mild" as he left a G7 summit in Canada that the prime minister had hosted.

Trudeau also defended cannabis legalisation during the interview, a key campaign promise that came into effect 17 October. He argued 90 years of prohibition had not worked, and only lined the pockets of organised criminals.

Meanwhile, ahead of his upcoming campaign for next year's elections, Trudeau vowed to tackle climate change. "The reality is that we must protect the environment while creating economic growth that is sustainable and responsible," he said, going on to accuse the opposition Conservative party of having "no plan" on environmental issues.

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Updated Date: Oct 22, 2018 13:54:44 IST

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