Trump says he's willing to raise Canada's concerns to Chinese president
U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he will do “whatever he can” to help Canada amid a diplomatic rift with China.
The president made the statement while appearing alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a Washington, D.C. press conference. Trudeau is in the U.S. capital to discuss issues such as the signing of the new NAFTA and China relations.
“Anything I can do to help Canada, I will be doing,” Trump said, noting that he would be willing to personally bring up Canada’s concerns during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping — if Trudeau asks.
Trump is scheduled to meet with Xi at the G20 summit in Japan next week.
Trudeau, sitting beside Trump at the time, nodded.
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Relations between China and Canada have been tense since the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou last December.
Since the arrest, China has detained several Canadians, including Michael Lovrig and Michael Spavor who are still in custody.
China has also placed trade limits on Canadian products, such as canola.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.