Monday February 13, 2017
'It's so unpredictable': Trudeau faces challenge in 1st meeting with Trump
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Washington on Monday for his first face-to-face meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.
'It's so unpredictable ... there's such a huge lack of clarity' - Heather Scoffield, Canadian Press bureau chief
The best outcome, says Scoffield, would be if some principles are set down on very broad agreements.
Getting clarity and some kind of predictably would go a long way in terms of setting up the relationship between the two countries, says Scoffield.
Common ground between Trudeau and Trump?
"That's the opposite approach of what Donald Trump has run on ... Trudeau, I think, will be walking on eggshells a little bit in that discussion in terms of how does he stay true to his values ... how does he stand by that at the same time as not poking a stick in Donald Trump's eye."
While most of the meeting is heavily scripted, Heyman says, what to watch is the unscripted Q&A with the media about the day they spent together, and how the two leaders answer.
Trade and Canada-U.S. border
"It's an effective trading relationship ... An effective U.S.-Canada border is important to our trading relationship and our tourism and commerce. So you can't have that conversation in a silo."
Listen to the full conversation at the top of this web post, including a discussion with Robert Bothwell, University of Toronto history professor, and author of Your Country, My Country: A Unified History of the United States and Canada.
This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson and Sujata Berry.