Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praises the European Union as an unprecedented model for peaceful cooperation in a speech to EU lawmakers that contrasted sharply with the critical stance of U.S. President Donald Trump. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the European Union on Thursday (Feburary 16) as an unprecedented model for peaceful cooperation in a speech to EU lawmakers that contrasted sharply with the critical stance of U.S. President Donald Trump. Speaking to the European Parliament a day after it backed a comprehensive free trade deal between Canada and the EU known as CETA, Trudeau said the 28-nation bloc had a crucial global role to play. By contrast, Trump has questioned the value and future of the EU and has applauded Britain's shock decision to leave it. Canada and the EU share a belief in democracy, transparency and the rule of law, human rights, inclusion and diversity, said Trudeau, who is also due to visit Germany on his European tour. With the passage of their trade deal, Canada and the EU offer a counter to Trump, who has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and wants to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump told Trudeau in talks in Washington on Monday (February 13) that the United States would only be "tweaking" its trade ties with Canada.