In the midst of the third round of NAFTA negotiations this week, Justin and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau took a trip to Washington D.C. to attend the Most Powerful Women Summit and meet with the first family. It was a whirlwind two days full of NAFTA chats, fancy dinners, feminism talks, Ivanka flirtation, Trump-handshaking and casual threats to democracy. Here are the highlights of Trudeau’s latest trip to Washington.
The Trudeaus had dinner with the first daughter
Justin first met Ivanka Trump back in February at the White House and there are some pretty telling photos of the occasion where Trump’s daughter is practically swooning over our PM (who wouldn’t). This meeting seems to have been more of the same with Trudeau naturally charming the table at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit Tuesday night and Ivanka looking on in admiration. We should also probably mention that Sophie is sitting right there too. Anyone else feeling a little uncomfortable? Especially with all the suggestive media headlines?
Ivanka Trump with Prime Minister Trudeau at Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit dinner last night. pic.twitter.com/0CNE9PkPeK
— TRUMP 24/7 (@MichaelDelauzon) October 11, 2017
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Pence looks at Trump the same way Ivanka looks at Trudeau. #JustSayin’
— NooYawk Atheist (@reasonandlogic) October 12, 2017
JT interview at the Powerful Women’s Summit
After that interesting dinner, the Right Honorable Trudeau took the stage for an interview where he discussed gender equality, the professional struggles women face, trade and a little bit about President Trump. Trudeau was characteristically diplomatic when it came to questions about the president (especially important considering Ivanka was still there). The PM emphasized ‘common ground’ and ‘areas of agreement’ with the Trump, though he did admit that their views differ on a few–unnamed–points.
Trudeau also toted a proposal the Canadian government has made to add a chapter on gender equality to the NAFTA agreement. He said the goal of the addition would be part of ‘recognizing that trade has different impacts on women than it does on men.’ He also spoke on the need to not only encourage women into politics but to retain them. Basically, Trudeau was all about girl power on Tuesday.
1) PM Trudeau being asked about his interactions with Donald Trump. People in the room groan. 2) Ivanka Trump pic.twitter.com/H53ik5zTSo
— Alexander Panetta (@Alex_Panetta) October 11, 2017
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The (dreaded) Trump meeting
Wednesday was Trump Day. Trudeau visited the White House for some trade talks, which were less formal negotiations and more a casual discussion (sort of). Since the president and PM aren’t actually the ones doing the negotiating–they have committees for that–this was more of a photo-op than anything. And boy did it yield some good ones.
Like this one where it looks like everyone is having a good time.
This one where it looks like no one is having a good time.
And this one that just makes us think of the last time Trump tried to shake JT’s hand in those very chairs.
And just for fun, here’s that good throw-back.
It should also be noted that when the two were doing press after the meeting, Trump railed against the media saying, ‘it’s disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write,’ essentially attacking the first amendment (you know, the one about freedom of speech). He later also suggested that he could revoke news licenses from outlets (which is thankfully false).
Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
— 🇺🇸Patriot 24/7🇺🇸 (@TrumpTrain45Pac) October 11, 2017
The ladies celebrated the day of the girl
It was the United Nations Day of the Girl on October 11 and Melania Trump and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau spent some time together, we can only assume in celebration. Later in the day, Gregoire Trudeau spoke from the Canadian embassy in Washington about using this day to empower young women.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 11, 2017
Following his meeting with the president, Trudeau spoke to the press to give the public an idea of what went on in the White House. It was not exactly comforting. The PM reiterated that it should be possible to come to an agreement that works for the U.S., Mexico and Canada equally, but also reminded everyone that Trump tends to be unpredictable at times (in the most diplomatic way possible, of course).
‘We remain focused in a serious way on the NAFTA negotiations and will continue to demonstrate that we understand that it is very important, and very possible, to get a win, win, win,’ he said, ‘I think it’s been clear that circumstances are often challenging and we have to be ready for anything, and we are.’ Then he reminded us that we’re not dealing with just anybody here; this is Donald Trump.
‘I think Canadians are aware that the American administration and the president makes decisions that surprise people from time to time,’ Trudeau said, ‘And that is something that we are very much aware of, and very braced for and conscious of.’ Concerning? Yes.
So it would seem the trip went about as well as you could expect it to. At least we got some good photos, and a few laughs via Twitter.
Donald Trump likes to compare his IQ to others
Luckily Justin Trudeau will be in DC if Trump wishes to match wits with another world leader pic.twitter.com/LW4MxVcU82
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) October 10, 2017
Justin Trudeau’s face while Trump talks about destroying freedom of the press. pic.twitter.com/Svp6K7Th2s
— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) October 11, 2017
First question to Trudeau at Powerful Women event: So, you’re meeting Trump tomorrow.
Trudeau: “I was in town for this, just so you know.”
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 11, 2017
Trump on Trudeau: “great prime minister” pic.twitter.com/3Zs8aZEx45
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 11, 2017