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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned accelerating NAFTA talks throughout a bilateral assembly on the G7 summit of Friday.

“The prime minister and the president had a very positive, productive meeting and it lasted longer than originally scheduled,”​ a senior authorities official, talking on background, advised reporters assembled on the G7 summit Friday.

“They did discuss NAFTA at length and they discussed the future of NAFTA, and I would say they also talked about accelerating the talks.”

The reportedly constructive tone of the leaders’ one-on-one assembly stood in stark distinction to a week of more and more testy public statements by Trump, following Canada’s announcement final week that it might impose $16.6 billion in tariffs in opposition to U.S. merchandise on July 1 in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on Canadian metal and aluminum.

But two sources with direct information of the state of affairs advised CBC News that Canada has heard this type of constructive rhetoric from Trump earlier than — with out seeing outcomes on the NAFTA negotiating desk.

One supply described Friday’s assembly as a “frank” airing of grievances in a “non-emotional setting,” including that Trump appeared shocked that Canada had responded so vehemently to the U.S. tariffs.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump held a bilateral assembly on the perimeters of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie Quebec 1:55

Before departing Washington for the leaders’ summit Friday, Trump took intention at Trudeau and at Canada’s provide administration system for dairy merchandise, which incorporates excessive tariffs on U.S. imports, in feedback to U.S. reporters and in a collection of tweets.

But in short remarks to reporters earlier than their bilateral assembly Friday afternoon, Trump appeared to lighten the temper, cracking a joke about Canada dropping all tariffs and claiming that relations between the 2 nations had been maybe higher than they’d ever been.

Speaking Friday after the assembly with Trudeau, Trump mentioned he had a constructive assembly with the Canadians throughout which NAFTA was the principal subject of dialogue.

“We had a very positive meeting a little while ago on NAFTA. So this is turning out to be an interesting day. But we had a very, very good meeting on NAFTA with Justin and his representatives,” Trump mentioned.

Trump’s solely different bilateral assembly on the G7 summit Friday was with French President Emmanuel Macron. Like Trudeau, Trump has sparred publicly with Macron on Twitter over what the U.S. president calls unfair commerce offers that impoverish American pursuits to the good thing about its allies.

Macron, who fêted Trump in France final yr with a lavish state go to in his honour, has been known as a “Trump whisperer” — however he hasn’t shied away from taking up Trump. Macron known as the current U.S. transfer to impose metal and aluminum tariffs on EU allies “illegal and a mistake.”

But on the tariff file, the leaders had been sounding a extra constructive observe Friday.

“We had a very direct and open discussion,” Macron advised reporters Friday of his one-on-one with Trump. “And I saw the willingness on all the sides to find agreements and have a win-win approach for our people, our workers, and our middle classes.”

Beyond the bilateral conferences, the G7 leaders took half in two working teams the place dialogue of commerce was entrance and centre.

The leaders from Canada, the European Union, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, together with another observer nations, had dinner at Governor-General Julie Payette’s Quebec residence close to La Citadelle in Quebec City Friday night time. Quebec troupe Cirque du Soleil was tapped to provide the leisure.

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