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Trump, Trudeau aides in talks amid trade uncertainties

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's principal secretary and chief of staff have met several times in Washington with Jared Kushner and Stephen BannonSenior aides to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have met recently with top advisers to US President-elect Donald Trump, the government said Monday, reportedly with the aim of averting a trade war. A spokesman for Trudeau confirmed that the prime minister’s principal secretary Gerald Butts and chief of staff Katie Telford have met several times in Washington with Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and Stephen Bannon, his chief strategist. The Globe and Mail, which first reported the talks, described them as a “bridge-building” exercise and charm offensive that seeks to protect Canada from the impact of protectionist policies espoused by the incoming administration.

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