Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jokes with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is from Wisconsin, about having better hockey teams and attracting Wisconsin's best hockey players. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill on Monday (February 13), talking bilateral trade between the two countries and sports rivalry in ice hockey. Trade between Ryan's home state of Wisconsin and Trudeau's Canada amounts to $11 billion, Trudeau said. But there's one element of trade that Ryan despises. "The only problem we have is you steal our good hockey players," Ryan told Trudeau. "It's not our fault they want to come play for us. We have better teams," Trudeau quipped. Their meeting came shortly after Trudeau met with President Donald Trump at the White House. Trump said on Monday the United States will be "tweaking" its trade relationship with Canada, stopping short of calling for a major realignment in a development likely to please Trudeau. Trump has pledged to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement linking the economies of the United States, Mexico and Canada to make the terms more favorable to Americans. At a joint news conference with Trudeau after White House talks, Trump said his biggest concern with NAFTA is the U.S. trade relationship with Mexico, which he has frequently accused of stealing American jobs. Trudeau carefully steered around questions about the Canadian trade relationship with the United States in what was his first meeting with the new president. He said he expected each country to always remain each other's most essential partner.