Pence, Trudeau speak after meeting on USMCA agreement

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Published: 05/30/2019 07:22 PM

Vice President Mike Pence delivers joint remarks with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. The two met today to discuss the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both M...

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prime minister of canada, via qu lenova, michael our pens. Vice president azita's unique for me, minister zhu canada good afternoon, everyone i want to begin by thanking vice president pence for being here today. I know that this is your first official visit to canada. Mr. vice president, so welcome to ottawa. It'S always a pleasure to host our neighbors to the south in factwe're, actually welcoming another american delegation to canada later today, although i think that the golden state warriors will find that our mild-mannered reputation doesn't extend to basketball but off the court. Canadians and americans know that were part of the same team. After all, there are no two countries as fundamentally linked as ours, canada, la rioja del digital jeanne de phyllis darcy ak is american. Auto show et no partner, so2 news, any news, entrepreneur, hawaiian sampo, innervate ek, de beauvoir, la classe, moyenne, new soldier selves, kota code, a new city; a sunny, no nerve ambition, commune de faire la danza, mayor, jamaal, crito jojo, a vice president mo mo parlayed a new Profile for x, paulentre, nous citria in other industry in shows kira, so sue van al carro de no discussion, c'est bien sur le putin's deliberations, entre nous de p mo's entrepreneur in otara eduardo xa, o makki american supreme of jail, millions of families on both sides of The border depend on the canada-us partnership. Look no further, no further than the new nafta, a good deal that protects middle-class jobs and helps us build strong communities. People like kathy and rob of black fly beverage company in london ontario who sell their products not just across canada but to customers in 11 us states they rely on access to the american market or folks like dario and brad, at the stellco steel company in hamilton, They'Re, just two of the workers that i met earlier this month, who can rest easier thanks to the lifting of the steel and aluminum tariffs, people from su st.

marie to set in told being what great news this is not just for our industries but for the Livelihoods they count on to support their families. Our government is moving forward to ensure that canadians see the benefits of progressive trade across north america, which is why i introduced legislation yesterday to ratify the new nafta later today. Vice later, vice president pence and i met with industry and labor leaders to talk about how we can keep advancing this deal and continue drivingeconomic growth that works for everyone. Of course, there is still progress to be made on the trade file. Our government will continue to work towards a positive resolution to the u. s. duties on canadian softwood lumber. At the end of the day, our our industries and citizens depend on the flow of goods between our two countries. Take, for example, the fact that canada is a stable and reliable source of uranium for american civil nuclear reactors. Maintaining access is good for canada and the us alike by finding solutions to these remaining issues. I know that we will create an even stronger trading relationship and just like we're, collaborating to create new opportunities for our workers. Canada, andthe united states have long known that our world is safer when we work together to protect democracy and the rule of law around the globe.

This afternoon, the vice president and i spoke about the concerning situation in venezuela. Our government remains committed to the importance of finding a peaceful return to democracy and stability for venezuelans. The vice president and i also discussed the arbitrary detention of two canadians in china. Leaders from around the world are standing firmly with canada as we work to end this dispute with china, something that i spoke with president trump about earlier this month. Our first priority as a government is to make sure that our citizens are released. I knowthat canada and the us are united by our commitment to constructive engagement with china that demonstrates respect for the rule of law, human rights and open, predictable and non-discriminatory trade. The bonds of friendship and respect that canada and the united states have forged will grow stronger, as canadians and americans continue to build a more peaceful world abroad and thriving economies at home. Again, i want to thank vice-president pence for being here today. I'M now happy to pass it over to the vice president, then i'll be happy to take questions from media mike. Thank you, prime minister, trudeau. Thank you for those very gracious words about the strong relationship between the united states of america. Andcanada karen and i couldn't be more grateful for your warm hospitality and the warm welcome of people all across this capital city, and i thank you for that.

You'Ve been an attentive host, which is a little bit surprising because, frankly, we thought you'd be a little more preoccupied with tonight's basketball game. So let me take this opportunity to complete you and all of canada on a historic first, the toronto raptors first ever appearance in the nba finals. I know where your loyalties are, and you know where my loyalties are: it's going to be a great game and a great playoffs i will say it was unfortunate that, as part of our trade negotiations, we werenot able to discuss reacquiring, kawhi leonard and returning him to The united states, but maybe that can be an issue we take up in the future. Mr. prime minister, it's an honour for us to be here today in the beautiful city of ottawa for my first visit to canada, as vice president of the united states. I'M honored to be here today on behalf of a friend of yours and a great friend of the canadian people, president donald trump president trump asked me to be here today to reaffirm one of the most successful partnerships between any two nations in the world. The partnership between the united states and canada, as the president said two years agoin his words. Our two nations share much more than a border. We share the same values and, as we just discussed, we have our occasional differences, but at our core, both of our nation's share a love for freedom and on that foundation we're building even greater prosperity. In the years ahead. Now we've made much progress on a wide range of issues over the past two years for the united states and canada. We know our strongest when we stand together.

Mr. prime minister, we meet at a time when the american economy, i'm happy to report, is growing like never before under president trump's leadership, we've cut taxes rolled back regulations unleashed american energy and the resultshave been extraordinary, and i know they've been felt here in canada in Our country we've created 5. 8 million new jobs, including nearly half a million manufacturing jobs, and our economy grew by 3. 1 percent last quarter and the unemployment rate hit its lowest level in 50 years, with wages rising at their fastest pace in more than a decade. But president trump also promised that we would turn the page on decades of unfair trade deals. Trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and too often, in his words, shipped away our companies, our jobs and our nation's wealth, and that's the reason that brings us together here today and the progress that we have made in renegotiating a tradingrelationship. An economic relationship between our two nations that will benefit both our countries - free, fair and reciprocal trade, we believe, is absolutely vital to both of our nation's last year, trade between the united states and canada, totaled more than seven hundred and fourteen billion dollars. In fact, nearly two billion dollars in commerce and 400,000 people cross our borders every single day. The united states also is canada's top foreign direct investor. We invest nearly as much each year as every other nation in the world combined and more than 1. 5 million american jobs rely on exports to canada, but because it was negotiated a quarter century ago, as you recognize mr. prime minister and as did presidenttrump the current north American free trade agreement is just simply out-of-date.

That'S why, just four months into our administration, the president directed our united states trade representative to begin talks with canada and mexico to renegotiate and replace the north american free trade agreement and we're well on our way. Mr. prime minister, i remember when we spoke about these negotiations. Early on in our administration was at a meeting in providence, rhode, island in july of 2017. You spoke about the issue. I spoke about the issue when we met again it talks as talks progressed, and we talked in lima peru during the summit of the americas last year, i saw your determination, your determination to drivea hard bargain for canada, just as president trump was driving a hard bargain. The united states of america, but the president and i are truly grateful - we're truly grateful for your determination to see this agreement reached. It took more than a year of work, but in november of last year president trump met with you and president pena nieto of mexico. In argentina and there, the three of you signed, what will be for us, the largest trade deal in american history, the united states, mexico, canada agreement is forged, as the president said. The u. s. mca is is a win for american jobs and american workers, but, as i said to you, the first time we metwe believed the u.

s. mca is also a win-win-win for all three of our nations. It'S superior to nafta in virtually every respect, and it will, as the president has said, lead to much greater growth and opportunity throughout our countries and across north america, once it's ratified since we signed the u. s. mca. We'Re pleased with the progress that we made to approve the deal just last week. Our three countries reached a deal that lifted tariffs on steel and aluminum from canada and mexico in exchange for reciprocal cuts to tariffs on american goods and mr. prime minister, i know the president and our entire team are grateful for your willingness to work with us and Resolve theissues associated with those tariffs, and i'm grateful to hear again today that, just yesterday you introduced legislation here in the house of commons to implement the u. s. mca in canada. So, on behalf of president trump and the american people, let me thank you for your leadership and your partnership in the cause of our shared prosperity, and i can assure you that the president and i are working with members of the united states congress to pass the U. S.

mca and pass the u. s. mca this summer for too long we've allowed an outdated trade deal to hurt good-paying jobs that built our middle class in your country and in ours. U. S. mca simply is an idea. Whosetime has come and once it becomes the agreement between our nation's the law of the land, the people of the united states and canada. We believe will flourish like never before. Prime minister, as we work together to pass this historic trade deal, we're also standing strong, we're standing strong for our shared values on the world stage, and i was pleased to speak to you about our mutual interests in our meeting today. Democracy, human rights and the rule of law. To that end, the united states today renews our call on the chinese government to release the two canadian citizens who have been wrongfully detained for the last six months without due process of law. We standwith canada in this cause and we will continue to until your citizens are restored.

We know you will not be intimidated by the use of coercive tactics and neither will we and finally, as we discussed earlier, let me thank you for the strong stand that you and canada have taken in support of a free and democratic venezuela. The united states was the first nation on earth to recognize interim president, juan guido as the legitimate president of venezuela and canada has been by our side and by the side of the venezuelan people. Every step of the way. Canada'S imposed sanctions on 113 of the dictators, cronies, you've promoted the cause of freedom and free venezuela, insidethe lima group in the oas, and the two of us have said with one voice that nicolas maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power, and nicolas maduro Must go but now, mr. prime minister, as you know well, and as we discuss, we must continue to work together to hold maduro accountable for his actions that are impoverishing his nation and oppressing his people. We also need to work together to expose the malign influence of cuba within venezuela and call upon cuba to cease that influence and allow venezuela's freedom to flourish, and we must stand together with the venezuela people until freedom and democracy are restored. And mr. prime minister, i i can assureyou that we will, under president trump america's commitment of liberty in this hemisphere of freedom, has never been stronger. Prime minister, trudeau, we look forward to working with you to build on our progress together on a shared commitment to the values of freedom and liberty. The united states and canada have stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the defense of freedom for generations. Our ancestors fought side-by-side in the grade. Conflicts of the 20th century, and in recent years our armed forces have fought against the scourge of radical islamic terrorism across the middle east and both of our nations have endured great sacrifice.

You know, as i shared with you earlier mr. prime minister, on my many trips overseas tovisit american soldiers in afghanistan and iraq. I never remember a time that i didn't see the flag of canada flying over the base that i was visiting in bagram or baghdad. You were always there and the canadian people have the thanks of the american people, for your commitment to freedom and to our shared security. The united states will always honor this alliance, this alliance for freedom, and we will always honor the sacrifice of soldiers from both of our nation's later. Today, it will be my honor, along with my wife, karen, to pay our respects to the american and canadian patriots who stepped up to serve when we visit the national military cemetery at beechwood, asi reflected on at our arlington national cemetery. This last weekend, we in both of our nation's so a debt to these heroes that we can never fully repay. But we will always honor the service and sacrifice of all of those who've worn the uniform in the defense of freedom in the united states and in canada and among all our allies. It'S really thanks to them that our two countries enjoy the peace and prosperity that we do today unparalleled in the history of the world and we're confident it will continue to advance that prosperity and security for both of our nation's for many years to come. So thank you for the warm welcome here in canadait's, an honor to be with you today and an honor to be able to call in to focus in both of our countries the importance, the historic significance of the u. s. mca.

It will build on a relationship. That'S stronger than ever before in the u. s. mca will create opportunities for prosperity in america and in canada for generations to come. So mr. prime minister, thank you, god bless canada and god bless the united states of america, steve chase for golden male good afternoon. Mr. vice president and prime minister, thank you for taking our questions. I have a question for you on wall way and then i'll have a follow-up after your initial response, mr. pence howimportant is it to the united states and why is it important that canada barois way from 5g wireless networks in this country and mr. trudeau, does the U. S.

request for this frustrate your ability to secure the release of the canadians in china in french as well thanks. Well, thank you for the question and, let me say, we've been very clear with canada, with all of our allies that that we considered huawei incompatible with the security interests of the united states of america or our allies in freedom-loving nations across the world. No we've urged our partners in europe. We continue to urge canada in this regard. We continue to have that dialogue. The simple fact isthat, the the the legal framework within china, gives the chinese government access to information and data that is collected by chinese companies like huawei and to have a 5g network worldwide that has access to sensitive national security. Information, we believe, is incompatible with the national security interests of the united states and will continue to take a firm stand. We'Ll also continue to take steps to promote alternatives in 5g, in our country and in canada and all across our allies. We believe we we can create and are creating viable alternatives to wow way that don't compromise privacy that don't compromise security, we'll continue to urge our colleagues. In that regard, canada has been making significant investmentsin technology in a in research into the next generation of telecommunications and wireless and the decisions we make on what our 5g networks will look like. The decisions we make around security and opportunity for canadians will be made on the basis of evidence and facts and analysis by our national security agencies, our communications agencies and conversations with our partners around their conclusions and their determinations around security. Political considerations will not come in to our reflections.

We trust our our experts, our national security and intelligence experts, to make recommendations on how we can ensure that canadians are safe as we move towards a 5g world. The basis upon which we will make our decisions is asalways on facts and data rather than on political considerations. That'S what canadians expect. That, indeed, is what the world expects decision canoes on account of a pupu telecommunication, paruparu sangji issue, canada, when buzz is surely fair. He surely durney he. Surely her c'mon, you mean, analyse the news. Experiment, tell the security, national, the experiment, the intelligence. We do. Communication in the conversation where eglise expire, the new pid, yeshua cans on fire void. Buzzes, surely ferry knows the only consideration politic. Para-Power come about sharon avenue, prefer polly, canadian, no simona call the prison abuse new me dizzy and my follow-up question promote the views on the canadians detained in china. Mr.

vice president can youtell us exactly what the united states is doing to help assist in securing the release of these two men and how? What is the likelihood the united states would withdraw its extradition request from his mom and mr. trudeau. What is is that? What more could the united states do? Would you like to see the night states withdraw the extradition request from his mom as part of this? Thank you. Well, the united states says i i said it stood, stood strong with canada on the unlawful detention of the two canadian citizens. The prime minister and i spoke about it extensively today and i can assure you that will continue to stand firmly in that position. Untilthose citizens are freed and restored to this nation. Let me say president trump will be traveling, along with the prime minister to the g20. In the weeks ahead, we anticipate he will be meeting with president xi there we're in the midst of significant discussions over our trading relationship, but i can assure you in in that context and going forward we're going to continue to urge china to release the canadian citizens. Even while we deal with the larger economic and structural issues between the united states and china, we are standing with canada in this effort. We respect and are grateful for the strong stand for the rule of law that canada has taken with regard tothe huawei executive and will continue to engage on the issue. As people well know. The preoccupation that this government has that all canadians have with the situation of the two canadians detained in china in an arbitrary manner, is significant, and we have reached out to allies around the world to make sure that everyone stands together and the united states has been Particularly strong and vocal, in its condemnation of these arbitrary detentions of canadians and in their support of canada, but indeed we're in a moment where like-minded nations like canada, the united states and many of our european and international partners have expressed their dismay with the way.

China is stepping forward more assertively and indeedaggressively on the international stage and we are all standing together to ensure that the rules are followed, that our values are upheld and the china understands that the economies and democracies of the west are united in our condemnation of these Arbitrary detentions for an attempt to gain political leverage to doha, mercy news, a yellow moon, particular immunity to jeanne de huaah, mid lavon occupation, parappa detention, al betrayal, the duke energy machine, new historic stream, ecology, news, a new continuing the satiny assam matança, a ye, not occupy Democrats, avec de valor' are cleaned on a regular that one only developer through the respect to see the opc contra lashing. He said upon the prisoner, classy bureaucracycalled civil is oppressive the record what the prosecution report on internal sorry news are not continue. The affair roberta rampton from reuters. Thank you mr. vice president. I wanted to ask you about the u. s. mca. What assurances were you able to give the prime minister that you will be able to work with congress to get it passed this summer, given that last week president trump said, among other things, in very heated discussion with and about the speaker that speaker pelosi does not Understand the deal should canada be concerned that this bad blood between the president and the speaker will cause a roadblock to passage of the u. s. mca through congress and as his threat madein december two. If congress doesn't move quickly enough to notify congress that he will formally terminate nafta, is that threat still operative? The prime minister and i discussed the whole process of ratification here in canada and in the united states, and i assured him that the president and i are absolutely determined to work with rank-and-file in the congress and the leadership to move the us mca forward and to Move it forward this summer met yesterday with the united states trade representative bob light hyzer he'll be on capitol hill when congress returns next week, a meeting with members of the democratic majority working on what's what's called the implementation legislation, but those discussions are ongoing.

Andas the president said in japan just a few short days ago. We we remain confident that the u. s. mca will receive a broad-based support in the congress if it's brought to the floor and to that end we're reaching out to members of congress, but also i've been traveling all across the country and telling the story of what the Us mca will mean for jobs for opportunities in every respect. The u. s. mca is an improvement on eft, it's a win for american workers, it's a win for american jobs and investment, and we believe it will create shared prosperity all across north america and so part of my reason for being here today and accepting the invitationto come To canada is to continue to put a spotlight on the importance this administration is placing on this agreement. Issues in washington dc can arise, but the american people should know, and people should. Canada should know that our administration is absolutely committed to driving forward to seeing the congress of the united states approve the u. s. mca this summer and we're grateful and for the prime minister's efforts seeing ratification here in canada. I might add that here in canada, as we were moving forward with the renegotiation, there were a number of canadian conservative politicians who questioned our desire to include strong provisions on the environment, strong provisions on labor, strong provisions on gender and indigenousissues, and these canadian and conservative Politicians were worried that we were distracting from the important work that needed to be part of nafta, but, as the vice president has said, these are integral parts of what makes it a better deal for workers on both sides of the border, and they are significant things That we look to the us democrats to understand our significant improvements and our issues that, like canadian liberals, they care deeply about.

So we are confident that the work being done on ratification is possible because we made sure that from multiple angles this was a better deal for americans for canadians and for mexicans. Okay, just let me just repeat that in frenchfor india shows kkona virus. You can adapt an rpo negotiation say, take the politician, conservator ritsuko manama, they insisted the provisions. Rampion masseria has to need what a firm solid word is a doctor, and i include lorena, garcia, co record or elena maneuver yokozuna parker. Only you see any clue says le ma la compra, almansi, okay, say turmeric, oh poor little poor to loose it when don ôt repay a cds, le marquis aid fashion. Since cattivo ratification, okey eva dama, we partied on disco political, crazy, gu, zito janine mae la substantial is amelioration corner pew metrodome, novella car ad progresses, comme vous conservator, the foie de noc novella car. If i might follow up onvenezuela, please, prime minister, the vice president has taken a hard line on cuba's role in in venezuela and and what you just heard him call its malign influence and canada has taken a somewhat different approach in cuba and on cuba and its Role in venezuela, i'm wondering whether the vice president asked you to take a harder line today and what you're prepared to do on cuba in its role in venezuela. One of the strengths of the historic friendship and alliance between canada and the united states is that often we are extremely closely aligned, but in other situations we have complementary approaches. We, of course acknowledge the united states position and perspective on cuba, canada, hasa very different one, and in the discussions with the lima group that canada has been leading and discussing, we recognized that cuba can potentially play a very positive role in the well-being and the future Stability of venezuela, and that is why canada has been engaging with cuba in a way that tries to allow for positive engagement in an eventual transition in venezuela. It is part of we're coming together as different nations across the lima group across canada, in the united states, with different perspectives, but with a shared goal of restoring democracy to venezuela, of creating peace, stability and prosperity for the venezuelan people, where countries with different perspectives can Actually help each other reach hopefullythe right outcomes, gemini's observe a body's normal. I guess on the la víctima of a clovis with napkins see we aren't killed until eternity on and mr. vice president for you.

How do you feel about the prime minister raising the issue of what he called a backsliding of abortion rights in your own country, je suis president la preocupación do be any canadian su y la posada de novo la antigua, the preserves italia he can fix remake nous Sommes peruvian ama, he voters, oh no entiendo po lead wafaa con le bourgeois dfm new, some creepy para la stazione, papa. You say in conversation, god yell me. If you da man, oh no different, perspectivelet's, see i highlighted to the vice president that there was a significant amount of concern amongst canadians on the new anti-choice laws being passed in american number of american states and highlighted that canadians, and indeed this government will always be A staunch defender of women's rights and a woman's right to choose it was a cordial conversation, but it is one on which we have very different perspectives. Did you hear my question? Could you repeat, i asked you: how do you feel about the prime minister raising what he called yesterday a backsliding of abortion rights in your own country? Thank you. Well, let me say, i think one of the one of the great things aboutthe relationship between the united states and canada is that we were able to be candid with one another. We'Re able to share our perspective on a broad range of issues and different approaches. But let me be clear: i'm i'm very proud to be part of a pro-life administration and our administration has taken steps to stand for the sanctity of life at home and abroad. What we find troubling is the democratic party in in our country and leaders around the country supporting late term, abortion, even infanticide, but those are debates within the united states, and i know that canada will deal with those issues in a manner that the people of canada Determined most appropriate butfor president trump for me, for our administration will always stand for the right to life. Does it anger you to be sermon by someone whose country it's not happening in and then, if i could get a follow-up on on the new nafta as we like to call it here, vice-president? Why should canada rush to ratify this deal, given that it seems quite uncertain on your side of the border and it seems like it's pretty much stalled a mr. trudeau, aviva, dp occupation capacity on g donna, nouvelle alina see a scalise americain finis parody rocco. Well, let me reiterate: is the prime minister said we had a very respectful conversation on that issue and i knowthe president appreciates the relationship that he is forged with prime minister, trudeau, and, and so do i look. Friends can have differences of opinion and still be friends, and i think what what unites the united states and canada is a shared commitment to freedom.

It is a shared foundation of values and shared sacrifice through the generations, and it's on that foundation that we will always stand it's on that foundation that we are working to improve the economic relationship between our two countries. With regard to the u. s. mca, let me let me say that we are working very earnestly to see the congress of the united states, approve the u. s. mca and approve the u. s. mcathis summer and we're making significant progress. I'Ve been spending time on capitol hill and around the country. Our trade representative has been meeting with the democratic leadership in the house and weird regular consultation with the senate, and i truly do believe that we are making progress in the united states, and i reported that to the prime minister today. But we both believed that the the opportunity, the u. s.

mca provides for all of our nations and the people of our nation's auto. We would auto in inform those that are considering approving this agreement with real urgency. The time for congress see the the progress that's being made here in canada to prove this agreement. I wantto say again meeting with the u. s. mca advisory group here in canada was very inspiring to me. It represent the broadest range, an ideological perspective and geographic perspective from across this country. And let me say that, as we speak to leaders in in our congress and in our business community and labor leaders around the country, that we hear the same level of support and - and i'm here today not only to reassure the prime minister and the people of Canada that we're driving forward in the u. s. mca, but also to send word home that, amidst all the other issues that washington dc spends at simon, this is an issue whose time has come and the congressneeds to act needs to act in the coming months. To approve the u. s.

mca and it will improve and strengthen a growing american economy. We know it will strengthen the economies of all three of our nation's preguntan downtown the perspective. This presidency non-education de novell, elena visitor, denis of work. We deliver politic me just recon fiance sevens lab on fashion parappa, who text on a nigga's here text on to riviera nicole katie sing about a literal years, matawa who protects basquiat, moses' sunshine rain. Only among the the diba complicate paula, sweetie musa, vatos out the wall, an implementation in la riva on fox there's, certain america. I was very pleased to hear the positive perspectivethat. The vice president has on the ratification process in the united states. We very much understand the political debates that are ongoing, but we are also fundamentally confident in the fact that this is a good deal and indeed an improvement for workers and citizens and families in our three countries. We work very, very hard to agree on its sign attacks that was that win win win that we were looking for, and canada certainly doesn't anticipate having to reopen that text. I think we all know that reopening negotiations could lead to significant delays in bringing into force a deal that would we will be good for all sectors in our three economies: wall street journal, hithere, minister, mr. bates president, given the recent setbacks in the us trade talks With china, might the trump administration consider broadening the discussions to include allies in the talks, including canada, given some of the overlapping issues? Well, that would ultimately be a decision for the president, but what i can tell you is that our discussions with china are between the united states and china. Our focus is on trying to set right what, for too long has been unfair to american workers and american jobs and american businesses, and while china today is fully half of the united states international trade deficit, we've made it very clear in our negotiate that we are, As focused on thestructural issues, those are issues that the prime minister and i talked about today and we talked about in the past and the issues of intellectual property rights of force technology transfers.

It'S it's absolutely essential for us to make progress that china stepped forward and and embrace the international rules that that govern all economic transactions and protect private property rights around the world. So our our efforts today are are singularly focused on the relationship between the united states and china will remain that way. But i we remain hopeful that when president trump meets with president xi at the g20 that there may be progress, but i will say the president trump believes were in a strongposition either way that we've imposed more than 250 billion dollars in tariffs. We can more than double that, and the president is absolutely determined to take such steps that are necessary to protect american jobs and american workers and and maintain that posture, unless and until china steps forward with the kind of reforms that will not only reset the imbalance Of trade between our countries, but also also will well we'll, have china step forward and embrace the international rules that govern our relationships, that govern market relationships around the world. So that that's our focus and that's the core of the negotiations and, as the president always says, we'll see domestic issue. Mr. vice president can youtell us what the appetite at the moment is at the white house and the hill for a two-year budget deal and element with regard to a two-year budget deal and a capsid deal. I know that we are in regular discussions with a democrat and republican leadership. One of the one of the things that president i are probably proudest of. Is our efforts to rebuild the military, making historic investments in our national defense, seven hundred billion in our first budget. Seven hundred sixteen, we submitted a budget of 750, it's absolutely essential for american national security and, frankly, for this alliance that we continue to to make the investments in our national defense that are necessary. Andso we're committed to continuing to work to determine whether we can reach.

What'S known as a caps deal, as you know, an agreement where, then, the congress could then operate and appropriate within those guidelines and there's been talk of a two-year agreement. But all those discussions are ongoing and and they're happening in good faith. Just as much as the discussions on the usmc a are happening, you know there's a lot that washington dc and the media focuses on on any given day in washington dc, but the american people can be encouraged that we're continuing to make the case for the usmc A a trade deal that's going to create jobs all across the united statesand increase our prosperity, we're going to continue to work, to make sure that our congress is able to provide the kind of funding for our national defense and for vital domestic programs. That'Ll strengthen that growing american economy. Thank you. The lifting of the steel and aluminum tariffs were for ratification here in canada. Would you be pushing for ratification if those cars were sold place? We recognized that the continued steel aluminum tariffs on the canadian steel aluminium sector were a significant impediment to moving forward with the ratification of the u. s. mca. We feel that as we're moving forward on a historic free trade deal, they continued imposition of tariffs. Particular tariffs based on a national securitypretext on canada, didn't make a lot of sense. We responded immediately to those tariffs last summer with countermeasures on american products in the equivalent realm, and it became very clear over the course of the past year that the existence of those tariffs on both sides were an impediment to success for workers for citizens on both Sides of the border, so we were very pleased when the american administration proceeded with a full lift of those tariffs.

We recognized we're in a context where the global aluminum and steel trade is of concern to our domestic industries, but we very much feel that working together as we are on supporting our workers and our industries is not justin. Our own singular best interest. But in the interests of the american orth american economy, and that's why we are so pleased that we were able to move forward in the right way to protect workers on both sides of the border, with the lifting of those tariffs. Great. Thank you now see what the remote.

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