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Trump and Trudeau leave NAFTA out of meeting

In a joint statement issued mid-afternoon, the two leaders recognized "profound shared economic interests" and pledged to work tirelessly to boost growth and generate jobs in both countries.

"Millions of American and Canadian middle-class jobs, including in the manufacturing sector, depend on our partnership," the statement reads.

The communique says the two countries will work to expedite the Gordie How International Bridge between Windsor and Detroit, move forward on the Keystone XL pipeline and commit to establishing pre-clearance operations for cargo crossing the border.

There is no mention of the contentious NAFTA trade deal, the softwood lumber dispute or about fighting climate change. | READ MORE