Trudeau won’t attend Washington summit, Mexican president says

A cause for concern for Mr Trudeau was the health situation and the coronavirus

Trudeau won’t attend Washington summit, Mexican president says

"While there were recent discussions about the possible participation of Canada, the prime minister will be in Ottawa this week for scheduled Cabinet meetings and the long-planned sitting of Parliament", Gagnon said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a statement about the situation in Hong Kong at the start of a news conference in Gatineau, Que., Friday, July 3, 2020.

The trip to Washington will be Lopez Obrador's first official overseas visit, and he will meet Trump on Wednesday.

Lopez Obrador is travelling to D.C.in part to celebrate the entry-into-force of the new North American free-trade deal and had expressed hope Trudeau would join as well.

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"We wish the United States and Mexico well at Wednesday's meeting", the statement said.

In his statement, he wished the USA and Mexico well and says the new deal, which came into effect on July 1, will help all three countries emerge from the pandemic stronger.

Trudeau previously said he was not sure about attending, citing tensions over possible United States tariffs on Canadian aluminum, Reuters reported.

Trudeau later spoke with López Obrador by phone and wished him a successful meeting with Trump, the prime minister's office said.

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"We're obviously concerned about the proposed issue of tariffs on aluminum and steel that the Americans have floated recently".

Trump and Trudeau have had a testy relationship. "Trudeau will still be power after the election, Trump much less likely so".

'Trump didn't really like either [French President Emanuel] Macron or Trudeau, ' Bolton wrote.

If Trudeau went, he'd have to quarantine for 14 days upon his return. Trudeau's a "behind your back guy,"' according to Bolton.

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As of Sunday, the US has seen more than 2.8 million cases of COVID-19 and 129,000 deaths.

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