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Trudeau reacts to Trump's travel ban during a joint conference

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was invited to visit the White House, where he and President Trump held a joint press conference. A reporter asked Trudeau if he believed Trump’s travel ban was based on good merit. The ban was halted by the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th circuit.

REPORTER: And Prime Minister Trudeau, you’ve made very clear that Canada has an open door policy for Syrian refugees. Do you believe that President Trump’s moratorium on immigration has merit on national security grounds?

TRUDEAU: Canada and the United States have been neighbors a long time and Canadians and Americans have stood together, worked together at home and around the world. We fought and died together in battle fields in World War I and World War II, and Korea, and Afghanistan. But there have been times where we have differed in our approaches … and that’s always been done firmly and respectfully. The last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country on how they choose to govern themselves. My role and our responsibility is to continue to govern in such a way that reflects Canadians’ approach and be a positive example in the world.

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