At 2 p.m., President Trump is scheduled to hold a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House, following a bilateral meeting between the two leaders. Issues including trade and possibly immigration might come up on their agenda. There might be questions regarding the administration’s plan moving forward on the travel ban and new executive action(s) they’ve said they’d roll out this week.
It’s also possible that Mr. Trump will be asked about whether he stands behind his national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Flynn’s deception about conversations with the Russian ambassador about Obama administration sanctions have deeply soured his relationship with Vice President Mike Pence. Top White House aide Stephen Miller deferred to Mr. Trump or chief of staff Reince Priebus when he was asked about Flynn’s future.
Here’s how to watch the news conference:
→ When: Monday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m. ET
→ CBSN will be carrying the presser live.
→ Online: CBSN will broadcast a live video stream.
→ Online: Follow live updates on the CBSNews.com live blog.
Trudeau brought a personal gift -- a photo of Mr. Trump with Trudeau’s father, the late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Mr. Trump thanked him and said he’d keep the photo “in a very special place.”
Trudeau, age 45, and Trump, age 70, have vastly different outlooks of the world.
Trudeau is a liberal who champions free trade and has welcomed 40,000 Syrian refugees. He calls himself a feminist and his Cabinet is 50 percent women. Mr. Trump has few women in his Cabinet. He has taken a protectionist stance on trade and wants to crack down on the inflow of migrants and refugees.
Relations with the U.S. are crucial as more than 75 percent of Canada’s exports go to the U.S., while 18 percent of U.S. exports go to Canada. There are fears among Canadians that they could be hurt as Trump targets Mexico in a re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Trudeau’s visit comes after Mr. Trump spent the weekend with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Mar-a-Lago, following meetings at the White House, and comes before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit the White House on Wednesday.