Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump talked women in business at the White House on Monday, with Ivanka Trump and female CEOs from both countries.
The White House said the roundtable addressed topics such as childcare for working mothers, recruiting and retaining women in the workplace and encouraging a higher level of female entrepreneurship; issues of great import to the President’s eldest daughter, Ivanka. Also on Monday, Trump and Trudeau announced the creation of a new project called the United States Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders-Female Entrepreneurs.
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Despite sharp differences on immigration, refugees, trade and climate change, President Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada struck a cordial tone in their first meeting on Monday, alternating between attempting to bridge those gaps and steering clear of them.
Mr. Trump has called for a halt to the admission of refugees, saying that terrorists might slip into the United States among them, while Mr. Trudeau has held out Canada as a haven for refugees, particularly people who have fled the war in Syria, publicly hugging newly arrived families.
When asked at a White House news conference whether he now sees the northern U.S. border with Canada as insecure, Mr. Trump skirted the question, speaking instead of his administration’s efforts to deport criminals from the United States.
In the same vein, Mr. Trudeau declined to say whether he agreed with the president’s executive order restricting immigration.
“The last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country on how they choose to govern themselves,” he said.
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9:00 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing
9:45 am: Speaks with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
10:10 am: Speaks with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa
11:00 am: Meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
12:15 pm: Participates in a roundtable discussion with Prime Minister Trudeau on the advancement of women entrepreneurs and business leaders; Cabinet Room
12:50 pm: Has a working luncheon with Prime Minister Trudeau; State Dining Room
2:00 pm: Participates in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Trudeau; East Room
3:00 pm: Meets with the Republican National Committee Chairwoman and Co-Chairman
3:45 pm: Participates in a pinning ceremony for Major Ricardo (Rick) Turner
4:15 pm: Speaks with Maureen Scalia by phone