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International briefs: Trudeau declines to meet Trump after Pence sets precondition

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TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he offered to go to Washington this week to complete talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, but that Vice President Mike Pence told him a meeting with President Trump would only happen if Trudeau agreed to put a five-year sunset clause into the deal.

Trudeau said he refused to go because of the “totally unacceptable” precondition. He made the comment Thursday while outlining Canada’s response to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

In a call to Trump May 25, Trudeau offered to meet Trump because he felt they were close to an agreement that only required a “final deal making moment.”

The prime minister also said Trump seemed agreeable before Pence called Trudeau on Tuesday.

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International briefs: Trudeau declines to meet Trump after Pence sets precondition