Trump and Trudeau Set For 1st White House Talks
U.S. President Donald Trump hosts Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House for talks Monday that are expected to include the launch of a joint initiative for female business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Trump and Trudeau will hold a series of meetings, including what the White House called a roundtable "on the advancement of women entrepreneurs and business leaders."
Trudeau's schedule for the one-day visit also includes talks with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Not specified on the public agenda but likely to come up in Monday's meetings are economic issues, particularly trade.
Trump has made it clear he wants to renegotiate or scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement that includes the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He wants trade deals that favor the United States, while Trudeau is known as an advocate for free trade.
Canada is highly dependent on the U.S. market, which accounts for 75 percent of its exports.
Trump and Trudeau also have vastly different views when it comes to immigration.
The U.S. leader signed an executive order suspending the country's refugee program for 120 days and indefinitely suspending it for Syrian refugees. The order also banned immigrant and non-immigrant entry for 90 days to people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan.
Trudeau's government responded to Trump's order by offering those who would normally be allowed into the U.S. the opportunity to apply for temporary status in Canada.
Peru’s President Asked Trump to Deport a Predecessor
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has asked U.S. President Donald Trump to consider deporting a former Peruvian president sought by the Andean country to face charges of taking bribes in a graft probe.
Kuczynski's office says the request to deport Alejandro Toledo was made Sunday in a phone call with Trump. Peru believes Toledo is living in California, but Lima is facing legal hurdles in getting him out of the country.
The White House confirmed the talk, but did not mention Peru's deportation request, saying the two discussed various other issues. A statement from Kuczynski’s office said Trump invited him to visit the United States.
Local media in Peru reported Toledo had intended to fly over the weekend to Israel where his wife has citizenship. But Israel said Toledo was not on a flight from San Francisco that landed Sunday night, and that the former Peruvian leader would not be allowed into the country.
Last week, a Peruvian court ordered the arrest and detention of Toledo as prosecutors investigate whether he took $20 million in payments from the giant Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
Authorities across Latin America have been moving to charge officials accused of taking nearly $800 million in bribes from Odebrecht. The company acknowledged the bribes when it signed a plea agreement with the U.S. Justice Department in December.