Daily Memo: Canada Plays Catch-up, Russia Is Everywhere

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GPF Staff |August 28, 2018

The U.S. and Canada are wasting no time getting down to business. U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke by phone on Monday afternoon, and according to the Canadian prime minister’s office, the conversation was “constructive” and negotiators from both sides will meet soon “with a view to a successful conclusion of negotiations.” A U.S. trade representative said that there isn’t much time for Canada to get on board because the Trump administration wants to inform Congress by Friday of its intent to sign Monday’s agreement with Mexico – and that if Canada has not signed on by that time, it will be a bilateral deal. Canada’s foreign minister travels to Washington on Tuesday for more negotiations. Meanwhile, Mexico’s president-elect said in a speech in Chiapas that it was important Canada be included in the deal. That’s mostly lip service. Three days is not a lot of time to bring Canada on board.

Russia is busy all over the map

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