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Trudeau Meets With California's Top Leaders

Jeff Chiu / AP

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, speaks while meeting with California Gov. Jerry Brown in San Francisco, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

Jeff Chiu / AP

(AP) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has met privately Friday with California's governor and lieutenant governor, with trade, the environment and health care on the agenda.

The separate meetings with Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom were closed to the media.

In brief remarks to reporters before meeting with Newsom, Trudeau said it was good to talk about all the issues that bind California and Canada.

Newsom thanked Trudeau for his energetic leadership on the international stage at a time of political uncertainty, an apparent reference to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trudeau spent Thursday pitching tech companies on investing in Canada while touting the country's fast-track visa for highly skilled workers.
Later in the day, speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, Trudeau said the North American Free Trade Agreement has been good for the U.S. and his country, but he also wants to see it updated to lift those who are struggling despite surging economies.

His comments come as President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from the 24-year-old pact.

According to prepared remarks, Trudeau says that the agreement has been an asset for Canadians and Americans, bringing prosperity with trade.

But he says income inequality is growing worldwide.

And he agrees with Trump that too many people have been left behind, and more needs to be done to share the benefits.

As a candidate, Trump called NAFTA a job-killing disaster.

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