Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday night that he is "legitimately concerned" about the future of NAFTA, but he maintained that his nation will not be cowed into taking a disadvantageous deal for the sake of preserving the trade agreement. While Canadians "are super aware of everything going on here in the United States, at all times, regardless of who the president is", Americans are less engaged with Canada, he said.
Institute of Politics Director David Axelrod, who brought Trudeau to Chicago, described Trump as "the elephant in the room" during the Canadian's visit, and Trudeau was careful to not insult a president whom US liberals often compare unfavorably to the Canadian leader.
On February 1st Trudeau was speaking at a town hall in Edmonton.
Trudeau said he has asked Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to follow up with the lawyers, "to make sure that we argue things that are consistent with this government's philosophy". He made it clear that "Canada will not be forced to accept any old deal".
Trudeau said he'd rather have no deal on NAFTA than one that isn't good for Canada.
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On Friday, Trudeau is scheduled to head to California to deliver another free trade pitch that is expected to include references to Trudeau's favorite social issues: gender equality, labor rights and climate change recognition.
Before the event, he will sit down with several political leaders, including Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who also served as Obama's first chief of staff.
Among his desires is requiring more made-in-America auto production and shifting more government contracts to US companies.
The two leaders are not scheduled to meet during Trudeau's four-day trip to the US this week. "And being firm on that is, I think, what Canadians expect of me", the Prime Minister added.
Stephen Miller, a FoxNews.com contributor, also joined in at taking a swipe at the Canadian Prime Minister's original fun-natured comment by drawing attention to Axelrod's use of the pronoun, "He".
Over the next four days, he will visit Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles to promote NAFTA and the importance of the Canada-U.S. trading relationship.