Secretary Rex Tillerson Joint Presser With Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland…

T-Rex and Twinkles

Against the backdrop of NAFTA renegotiation that appears headed for certain doom, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appears contrast against the overly familiar Canadian Foreign Minister Mrs. Twinkles and Rainbows Chrystia Freeland.  I doubt you could find two individual personalities more divergent (watch you’ll see “Rex”?):

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[Transcript] FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: Okay. Hi, everybody. Great to see everyone here. Before I begin, I’d like to extend Canada’s thoughts and condolences to our American guests in light of the terrible train derailment in Washington state. We extend our sympathies to those who lost loved ones and wish a full and swift recovery to the injured.

(Via interpreter) Thank you all for being here on the traditional Algonquin territory that we occupy. I am very happy to welcome to Ottawa my colleague, the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The close partnership between Canada and the United States rests on common economic interests and common values. This partnership enables us to collaborate on subjects like trade, investment, energy and the environment, the security – border security, defense, and global issues. So I really appreciate this opportunity to further discuss the relationship between Canada and the United States when it comes to important bilateral, regional, and global issues that have a great effect on the lives of both Canadians and Americans.

(Inaudible) an interesting time to come to Ottawa, one of the coldest capitals in the world, but in honor of your visit it warmed up a little bit today.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: I appreciate that.

FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: We covered a number of topics of great importance in our bilateral relationship and in the work that we do together around the world. We had positive discussions about the Canada-U.S. relationship, including border management and security, North American defense, energy security, and environmental cooperation. This conversation was greatly enhanced by the participation of my fellow ministers who sit on the Canada-U.S. Cabinet Committee, and I’d like to thank them for coming to Ottawa for that very important meeting.

On NAFTA, Canada’s priority continues to be maintaining the achievements that have bought 23 years of predictability, openness, and collaboration to North America and that supports so many jobs on both sides of the border. We will continue to bring fact-based arguments to the negotiating table as we work to develop a modernized agreement that addresses today’s realities while preserving our shared economic prosperity. We believe a win-win deal is both possible and necessary.

Rex and I also had the opportunity to discuss hemispheric concerns, including the crisis in Venezuela and what actions we can take individually, together, and in cooperation with the Lima Group, of which Canada is a member, to address the deteriorating political, economic, and humanitarian situation there. We discussed an issue that we and the world and I think very much Canadians are watching closely: Myanmar and the plight of the Rohingya. This is a crisis that we in Canada have taken important steps to address, and Canada appreciates the leadership the U.S. is taking at the Security Council.

I also want to note that Rex has raised the issue directly with the authorities in Myanmar. Thank you, Rex, for doing that. And I was pleased to see the Security Council Presidential Statement on Myanmar onNovember 6th which called for an end to the violence being committed against the Rohingya. This is ethnic cleansing, it is a crime against humanity, and it is absolutely essential that the perpetrators be held to account.

Regarding Ukraine, Rex and I had a very good conversation about the potential for a peacekeeping mission and our two countries’ resolute support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s illegal invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory. Our conversation was particularly useful because I’ll be traveling to Ukraine tomorrow, and I’ll be meeting with leaders of the Ukrainian Government.

And then finally, Rex and I spoke at length about North Korea and what further action the international community can take to put pressure on the North Korean regime to abandon its dangerous nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Canada and the United States are aligned with the rest of the world in our position that these provocative and illegal acts cannot be tolerated. We fully support regional and international efforts to address the North Korean threat and the work of the UN Security Council. We believe that a diplomatic solution to the crisis is essential and possible.

In the spirit of working to achieve that and of maintaining pressure on the North Korean regime, I am pleased to formally announce today that the Secretary of State and I have agreed that on January 16th, Canada and the United States will cohost in Vancouver a meeting of foreign ministers from around the world in a demonstration of international solidarity against North Korea’s dangerous and illegal actions. We will use this gathering as an opportunity to advance our work on diplomatic efforts towards a more peaceful, prosperous, and nuclear-free future on the North Korean Peninsula and to demonstrate international solidarity in our condemnation of North Korea’s actions.

Finally, I want to thank you, Rex, and the rest of the American delegation for traveling to Ottawa today. I really appreciate the opportunities to have a really frank, candid dialogue about issues around the world and issues in our bilateral relationship. Merci beaucoup, Rex.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you so much, Chrystia, Foreign Minister Freeland, for the kind words and for the welcome to Canada. As indicated, I did make a commitment to come to Canada in the first year as Secretary of State, and I made it to Canada. And pleased to be in Ottawa. Obviously, not the first time I’ve traveled to Canada but my first trip as Secretary of State.

I think it’s also indicative of the importance of this relationship that during my first week in office as Secretary of State, I think if not the first meeting certainly one of the very first meetings that I had with a foreign visitor was with Foreign Minister Freeland. And I think symbolic but also indicative of how important this longstanding partnership is. From maintaining a strong trading relationship to defeating terrorism, to cooperating on a number of threats around the world, including North Korea, which was just mentioned, the United States and Canada really have a very close shared mission and shared objective in addressing all of these.

Our countries enjoy the most extensive economic relationship you’ll find anywhere in the world, and there are a number of opportunities to grow that relationship – important opportunities – and build on the strengths of both countries in the years ahead. I think it’s well known that almost 400,000 people move back and forth across this shared border, and almost $2 billion of goods and services cross our shared border every day – a real testament to the strong economic ties that exist between our people.

Canada is also an extremely important foreign market for U.S. goods as well. Millions of jobs in both of our countries depend upon our partnership. We too are committed to continue making progress toward a modernized NAFTA agreement, one that protects jobs and stimulates economic prosperity for both of our countries and is fair to both sides as well.

Canada and the United States do have one of the strongest, most reliable security partnerships, and early on it was an honor for us to cohost Foreign Minister Freeland and Defence Minister Sajjan at the State Department in May alongside Secretary Mattis for very comprehensive discussions of how we could strengthen the security relationship as well.

We appreciate Canada’s significant contributions to the coalition to defeat ISIS, to their – both their military and their humanitarian assistance to address the needs of that region that has been under conflict for some time. Canada has pledged millions of dollars of support in humanitarian assistance, which is very important to relieving the suffering of people who are only now being liberated from the clutches of ISIS.

Our countries also stand shoulder-to-shoulder in NATO, and we appreciate Canada’s decision to send troops and a lead battalion in Latvia, which underscores Canada’s commitment to the strength of the alliance in Europe and NATO. Canada’s strong support for Ukrainian sovereignty and maintenance of their territory is very likeminded with the U.S., and we have shared many, many discussions about how we can progress the talks in Ukraine to lead to Ukraine’s restoration of its full sovereignty in the face of Russia’s aggression.

And of course, NORAD, as some of you know, will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year. U.S. and Canada forces protect and defend all of North America. And we did discuss next month’s ministerial in Vancouver, and I appreciate the minister’s willingness to cohost this event as we continue to find ways to advance the pressure campaign against North Korea, to send North Korea a unified message from the international community that we will not accept you as a nuclear nation, a nuclear weapons nation, and that all of us share one policy and one goal, and that is the full, complete, verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. And such was expressed I think in the ministerial at the UN Security Council meeting last Friday.

We’re really grateful to the relationship that Chrystia and our teams have developed over this past year. I’ve lost track of the number of the meetings that the two of us have had around the world as we find ourselves in common locations, but we never miss the opportunity to spend time together and continue what’s been a very active dialogue on a number of shared issues that are important to all of us.

To the Canadian people, I have said it before but I haven’t had the chance to say it while standing in Ottawa: Happy 150th. And on behalf of the American people, we wish you all a peaceful holiday and a most prosperous New Year. Thank you.

FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: Okay. Where are our press guys?

QUESTION: Right here. So Minister Freeland and Secretary Tillerson, Warren Strobel from Reuters. Good to see you. I wanted to ask you a little bit more about this ministerial in Vancouver. Other than a demonstration of solidarity, what do you hope to achieve? The North Korean weapons program is something that has festered for 30 years. What precisely do you hope to achieve?

And secondly, both of you have called in different ways for – or said that there – diplomacy should be an option with North Korea. Have you seen any sign from North Korea that – either publicly or privately that they’re interested in diplomacy? Thank you.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Was that to you or me?

FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: That’s to both of us, right?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Okay.

FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: It’s one of yours, so why don’t you go first.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Okay. Well, with the convening of what we’re calling the Vancouver group in mid-January, this is a convening of foreign ministers from the original sending states that were involved in the original Korean conflict. But we also obviously are including other important parties – the Republic of Korea, Japan, India, Sweden, and others, who we think are important to have engaged in this meeting.

What we’ll be discussing will be, first, how do we – how do we improve the effectiveness of the current pressure campaign? Are there other steps that could be taken to put additional pressure on the regime in North Korea, and how do we further take our diplomatic efforts forward? And then how do we prepare for the prospects of talk? I think it’s important to remind everyone the whole reason the pressure campaign exists and the reason the UN Security Council passed two very strong unanimous resolutions are to lead to talks. The pressure campaign is intended to lead to talks.

Now, we can’t talk unless North Korea is ready to talk. And I think as we’ve indicated, we’re waiting for them to indicate a readiness to talk. But what’s important for North Korea to know is that this pressure campaign will not abate. We will not be rolling any of it back. It will only be intensified as time goes by. And it will remain in place until they agree to give up their nuclear weapons and allow us to verify that, in fact, that is what they have done.

FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: Yeah. And what I would add to that, Warren, is you started off by saying what apart from solidarity is this meeting about. Let me a little bit take issue with the question by saying solidarity is an important thing to demonstrate. It’s very important. Canada believes – and I think Rex and I share this view – to demonstrate to North Korea that this is truly a global issue, that the international community is united in condemning North Korea’s actions and in understanding them as a threat to our shared security. And showing that international solidarity is something that’s important to do and will be an important goal of this meeting.

Rex has already talked about the very important connection that we see between a sustained international pressure campaign and working on how diplomatic engagement works. And how we see it is it’s important to understand that the international pressure campaign – we believe it’s going to be successful, and a successful outcome of the international pressure campaign is a diplomatic engagement and a real conversation. And so those are the issues that we will be discussing in Vancouver in January.

QUESTION: Good afternoon. Thank you very much for taking our questions. I have a question for both of you.

I’ll start with Secretary Tillerson: The White House has rejected calls to reopen diplomatic talks with North Korea. So if diplomacy is not on the table at the White House, what did you come here to talk to Canada about and what role do you see Canada playing in this?

And Minister Freeland, to you, in your discussions today, did you talk about military options in North Korea? And what is Canada’s position on military options in North Korea? And can I get, Minister Freeland, your answer en Francais as well? Thank you.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, the White House position on talks – they have not rejected diplomatic talks. What the White House has merely observed is that North Korea has not exhibited a willingness to talk. But the White House position and the President’s policy has always been – and I go back to why does the pressure campaign exist – and this pressure campaign of sanctions and diplomatic pressure is the President’s policy. It is the policy that came from the National Security Council that we would put in place a sanctions regime like has never been seen before, and that’s what we have today – one that involves the entire international community and one that goes beyond what just the – what the UN Security Council calls for, but countries taking unilateral action on their own to let North Korea know that we do not accept the development of their nuclear weapons program. All of it has always been intended to lead to talks. Otherwise, we wouldn’t need to do this; we’d just go straight to the military option.

So I think the White House position’s quite clear. The White House supports diplomatic talks. The observation that’s being made – and I would agree with the observation – is we’re waiting on North Korea to come to that conclusion. And until they do, the pressure campaign will only intensify.

FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: And nice to see you, Katie. So look, it’s important for people to appreciate the extent to which this unprecedented threat from North Korea has rallied and united the international community. We’ve already seen that with stronger than ever before resolutions by the UN Security Council supported by China, supported by Russia. That is a measure of the extent to which the international community in solidarity understands that North Korea is posing a real threat to our collective security.

The meeting of the Vancouver group is going to be another visible sign that the international community is acting in concert to speak to the Government of North Korea and to say this is threatening us all, and the pressure will increase until the behavior changes. Having said that, we believe – we’re confident that this campaign of international pressure will lead to the best outcome for the whole world, I think the only outcome for the whole world, which is a diplomatic path to a resolution of this crisis, a diplomatic path to the outcome that I think we all believe in, which is a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

(Via interpreter) And in French, we believe that, firstly, it is important to show international solidarity against the danger posed by North Korea to the international community. The UN Security Council resolutions show this international solidarity, and our Vancouver meeting will also show this international solidarity, including a pressure campaign waged against North Korea. We firmly believe that the diplomatic approach is necessary and essential and is indeed possible. And our pressure tactics and our international solidarity are the way forward towards that diplomatic approach.

And as I mentioned earlier, at our Vancouver meeting, we will discuss diplomatic avenues.

QUESTION: (Inaudible.) Mr. Secretary, first to you, on North Korea, is the U.S. considering halting joint military exercises in the lead-up to the Olympics as the South Korean president suggested recently in an interview?

And to both of you, both the U.S. and Canada share the conclusion that North Korea is behind the recent WannaCry cyber attack. What are both countries considering doing to punish North Korea for their – for the cyber attack and what will you do to prevent a similar attack in the future?

SECRETARY TILLERSON: I’m unaware of any plans to alter longstanding and scheduled and regular military exercises with our partners in South Korea, the Republic of Korea, or with our partners in Japan. These exercises have been ongoing for many years. They are carried out on a scheduled basis. We announced them in advance. There’s no – nothing surprising about them and I’m aware of no – I’m not aware of any plans to change what is scheduled.

FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: So let me just say on the cyber security issue, that is an issue which we discussed today. I’m not going to go into details of our conversation, but I think Canada certainly takes cyber security very seriously, including the threat from North Korea. And I would like to add in opening remarks Rex talked about the importance of having South Korea and Japan at the meeting. That’s very important for Canada, and let me emphasize the importance of having South Korea at the table. We talk about the Korean Peninsula, and we really cherish our relationship with South Korea, and we really recognize the particular threat they face and the importance of having their voice in this conversation.

QUESTION: (Via interpreter) My first question is for you, Minister Freeland. Did you discuss Jerusalem with Mr. Tillerson? And did you see what happened at the Security Council yesterday? You are campaigning to get a seat on the Security Council, and yet we don’t yet know what Canada thinks of Mr. Trump’s gesture regarding Jerusalem. And also, please answer in English.

(Inaudible) with the minister. I am speaking English.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: I can hear you.

QUESTION: So you’re good? (Laughter.) I’m sorry.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: I can actually hear you better through here.

QUESTION: Oh, sorry about that.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: There’s an echo in here.

QUESTION: Okay, so you discussed NAFTA with Minister Freeland. We want to know if there was any advances. And there’s this impression in Canada, or maybe only in the Canadian media, that the Americans don’t truly want to renegotiate NAFTA. So do you want to try to prove us wrong?

FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: (Via interpreter) Thank you for these excellent questions. We did have a lengthy discussion of issues in the Middle East. This is a region where there are very complex issues, and Secretary Tillerson’s personal experience is something I always find very helpful in our discussions of the Middle East. Canada and the United States have different positions. We, however, always have candid and frank discussions, and I think our discussion of the Middle East was useful and important.

(In English) Certainly we did discuss a number of issues in the Middle East. It’s a subject that Rex and I have discussed on many occasions in the past. I particularly value my conversations with Rex about the Middle East given his deep personal experience of the region, including before he became Secretary of State. Canada and the United States have different views on issues, and I think that we have a strong enough relationship – both our two countries and Rex and I personally – that we’re able to be candid about those differences and explain them to one another.

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, the subject of NAFTA obviously was a part of all the discussions today and all the meetings I had, as it rightly should be because it’s an extremely important issue to both of our countries. I am not engaged in the NAFTA negotiations directly. Those are carried out by the U.S. Trade Representative Mr. Lighthizer.

Having said that, though, we had an exchange of the importance of the trading relationship. Again, we commented on a couple of numbers. This is a trading relationship that’s important to millions of American jobs; it’s important to millions of Canadian jobs. And it is an effort to modernize the agreement that’s been around now for more than three decades, and we talked about how other events in the world and other trading relationships in the world have emerged over the last 30 years that are having an impact on how NAFTA performs. Some of these impacts come from other third parties that are trading with each of our nations, and so it is timely and right that we should re-examine that agreement and bring it up to date and modernize it for today’s global trading balances.

Having said that, it’s – as a – as the old saying goes, the devil’s in the details. And the parties are now involved in the details of those negotiations, and I know both parties are approaching the negotiations in good faith and an effort to achieve a modernized NAFTA agreement. I think the next several weeks are going to be very important to those discussions, and my role in the State Department is to be supportive of a positive outcome and ensure that parties are considering all aspects in the broader context of the specific trade issues that the two are negotiating.

Thank you.

FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: Okay. Merci a tous.

[Transcript Link]

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62 Responses to Secretary Rex Tillerson Joint Presser With Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland…

  1. lumoc1 says:

    Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is made from the same mold as the Canadian Prime Minister: the both do not inspire respect by showing a complete lack of gravitas.

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  2. wheatietoo says:

    Haaaa….I love it. T-Rex gave her “the look”!

    Wow, could she be more of a snowflake?

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  3. wtd says:

    Forty-one seconds into this video and I had to stop watching. “Canadian Foreign Minister Mrs. Twinkles and Rainbows Chrystia Freeland” flitters and bounces her head so much it’s unwatchable.
    Thank you for posting the transcript. I’ll take my time to read it instead.

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    • guitar107 says:

      Agree. She’s too bubbly for me. I stopped watching at 1:55.
      Sorry, Rex, I didn’t listen to the whole video (thanks CTH for the transcript ).

      I’ll say 1 good thing about rainbow. She’s speaks good French. I always have trouble understanding French Canadians, but I’m okay with Parisian French.
      I understood about 95% of what she said. Good diction (behind her bounciness)
      🙂

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    • Dekester says:

      How do you think we Conservative, Trudeau despising Canadians feel.

      The district I live in had a by- election last week. The seat had been a Conservative stronghold since 1949. Well they lost to the Liberals.

      Our Conservatives are very much like your RINOs.

      The Liberals own the ethnic vote, the women’s vote and the university aged kids and are given a free pass by the MSM.

      Canadians have been bought off by our politicians,and have been protected by the U.S. for decades. It is my understanding that Canada spends considerably less than 2% of GDP on their military commitment to NATO.

      Obama was okay with that,because he was given free reign to do anything he wanted with trade, and “ climate con.”

      We have no enemies at our border.

      We get the benefits of free access to your magnificent country.

      As I type this, it is highly probable that there are a few million Canadians spending three or four months of winter in Florida, California, Arizona and Hawaii.

      We are a pampered nation. It never used to be, the country was founded on hard work, and fortitude. Sadly, since the sixties. The country has become pussified.

      Yes our politicians are an embarrassment. That said, until PDJT came along so we’re yours.

      God bless PDJT.

      Thank you all.

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      • sunnydaze says:

        “Yes our politicians are an embarrassment. That said, until PDJT came along so we’re yours…”

        Word.

        So hopefully, the same miracle will happen for Canada.

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      • Fe says:

        I used to have a very liberal Canadian friend who does exactly what you say about coming to the States to winter. She and her husband enjoy our country while slamming our way of life and said we deserved it on 9-11. I never got over the shock of her comments. SMH

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      • Here in Brevard County we love/hate the Snowbirds. Hate the noticeable increase in traffic and longer waits at restaurants. Love the money they spend. Except the French Canadians…they are lousy tippers and often Rude.

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  4. oldschool64 says:

    Good Lord. What a ditz!!

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    • sunnydaze says:

      Hard to watch, isn’t it? Cringy.

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      • LivLovely101 says:

        Would make a great Bingo-or drinking- game; every time she says “Rex”, ‘down the hatch!
        And double shots when he says “Chrystia”….over at Free Republic, we started doing these games during the State of the Union addresses …I wasn’t a drinker, so I substituted Godiva chocolates…..sometimes politics can be fun!

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      • LivLovely101 says:

        Would make a great Bingo-or drinking- game; every time she says “Rex”, ‘down the hatch!
        And double shots when he says “Chrystia”….over at Free Republic, we started doing these games during the State of the Union addresses …I wasn’t a drinker, so I substituted Godiva chocolates…..sometimes politics can be fun!

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  5. fleporeblog says:

    What excites me the most about the Senate passing the Tax Reform Bill this evening and the House again tomorrow afternoon is the fact that our President can finally say to Canada 🇨🇦, Mexico 🇲🇽 and China 🇨🇳 (who abuses NAFTA) goodbye to the scheme that destroyed our country and made your countries wealthy! I will be so happy watching him sign the EO starting the six month countdown to NAFTA being a thing of the past. Republicans can scream with Tom Donohue and the CoC as loud as they can but no one will be around to listen.

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  6. progpoker says:

    Two minutes in and all I can think of is ‘Oh My God!!’ delivered in the most Valley Girl style I’ve ever seen in a politician. What a ditz!

    They really aren’t bringing their best.

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  7. TreeClimber says:

    Perhaps I’m being incredibly naive, but will someone please explain to me, if we (in general) support national sovereignty – including, presumably, the right to defense – we’re trying to regulate DPRK out of developing weapons? Would not the path that would be more in line with our values be “develop them if you will but we’ll always have better and if you try anything we’ll destroy you”? I mean, if the world can tell DPRK “having nuclear weapons is unacceptable,” why can’t they tell, say, Israel the same thing? Or us?

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  8. progpoker says:

    Three and a half minutes in and I’m ready to cut that damn hair off!! Can someone get that woman a rubber band or something?? I may have to resort to reading the transcript. That is one hyper annoying creature!!

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  9. parteagirl says:

    My gawd she’s perky. Did she do a herky at the end?

    Liked by 6 people

  10. kate says:

    Freeland acts and looks like she could have smoked or ingested something, her jerky movements and fast speaking makes me wonder.

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  11. Derek Hagen says:

    Please don’t tell anyone I’m Canadian.

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  12. sunnydaze says:

    Tillerson is such a great SoS. So smart, so relaxed, so dignified.

    Yet another fantastic pick by President Trump.

    I’m not gonna get started on the Canadian FM, except to say….the contrast is sharp.

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  13. sunnydaze says:

    Boy, when you watch this, it could not be clearer who is the engaged, present, thinking- on- their- feet diplomat and who is the smiley face “reading” from a handed down script.

    We Americans are So.Blessed.

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  14. lida rose says:

    Thank you, Mr. Tillerson

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  15. Sunshine says:

    Hair flying, hands flying, neck and head flying… What to say.
    I think at 13:55, she is giving him permission to answer the question or sending him a kiss. No joke!

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    • LONER says:

      Wife and I here in Edmonton. Had to turn this off after less than two minutes. The west needs to separate from snowflake country. Republic of Alberta anyone?

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  16. InAz says:

    Christina “Chrystia” Freeland. Her British born husband works for …..the New York Times.

    Rex Tillerson deserves a medal, or something, for having to deal with her.

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  17. harrietht3 says:

    It seems to me a marked diminution of the position, status, and respect that inheres in an American Secretary of State for a foreign peer to continually refer to our Secretary of State as “Rex.”
    That is my major complaint after viewing this press conference.
    It’s very disquieting, and the more so because it reflects a lack of respect for our nation, whether or not Mrs. Freeland realizes it.
    The content of Mrs. Freeland’s remarks were satisfactory, otherwise, unless I missed something sinister during my fuming over her continual references to “Rex.”

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  18. HankM says:

    I had a good laugh when Wilbur’s (1000 word) picture appeared at the end of article.
    Initially, like others here, I was irritated by Chrystia’s overdone affectations. But then rather than concentrate on her demeanor, I listened to her words.

    She, Trudeau and many Canadians including liberal politicians consider themselves close friends and allies of America. Chrystia’s words of condolence for the train victims, Canada’s solid support for the sanctions against North Korea and other pro American issues were genuine. Are there major political disagreements? You bet! But they aren’t vicious and nefarious like those between American Dems and the Trump admin.

    The Peace Arch on the west coast of N.A. was built in 1921 and is placed on the U.S. and Canadian border in Peace Arch Park. It recognizes the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814. “The Peace Arch has U.S. and Canadian flags mounted on its crown, and two inscriptions on both sides of its frieze. The inscription on the U.S. side of the Peace Arch reads “Children of a common mother”, and the words on the Canadian side read “Brethren dwelling together in unity”.
    A symbolic gate between the arches has an inscription reading, “”May these gates never be closed.”
    My family of known relatives has many Canadian and American citizen components in it and I suspect this is not uncommon. (But that’s another story)

    In this often crazy world, friends can be rare even if some of them are a little too “sweet and perky.” That’s better than having a Rocket Man, Iran or Mexican cartel on your border. We have the world’s longest shared border and have been at peace since 1815. That’s a rare gift in this chaotic world. If it’s only Chrystia’s “perkiness and lack of gravitas” that aggravates Americans about Canadians today then that is a blessing.

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  19. indiamaria2020 says:

    Dang, Kristie, DECAF por favor…..Excuse me while I pause to meditate for a few hours just to get here whiny timber out of my head…….

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  20. daughnworks247 says:

    I watched part of this……. and then, just could not watch anymore.
    Our beloved T-Rex has more gravitas in his toenail than this twit has in her entire ancestral line.
    Dear heavens we have a stellar leadership team.
    Hazard pay for our Sec of State.

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  21. Betty says:

    So irritating to hear a constant up talker partitioning on. 😡

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  22. Betty says:

    Prattiling

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  23. trapper says:

    I’m sorry, but I couldn’t make it past the oh-so-upbeat condolences at the beginning. You would be nervous too if you were a little kitten standing next to Godzilla.

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  24. jbrickley says:

    Oh my GAWD, Gagg me on a spoon, you guys! Where’s our press? Let me completely sidestep that NAFTA question and talk about the Middle East instead. T-Rex talking to a teenager… I don’t know how he managed to make it through hours, days of discussions with this airhead.

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  25. flawesttexas says:

    The Communist Chinese are still laughing at Trudeau and Freeland insisting on “Clean Energy”….as the ChiComs waive around all the exceptions they have on environment from WTO, Kyoto, Rio, Copenhagen, UN…

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  26. no-nonsense-nancy says:

    I know it was already mentioned above but I will reiterate it. I was so disgusted at her repeatedly referring to him by his first name. Such lack if respect. Even our own cabinet members refer to each other by their proper titles when speaking in a public setting. She has no class or professionalism.

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  27. jmclever says:

    Notice how many times Ms. Freeland refers to our Sec’y of State by his first name rather than by his title or Mr. Tillerson versus how many times Sec Tillerson does. Complete lack of respect woven into leftist progressive DNA IMHO. Of course it could just be my generation.

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  28. Poupon Marx says:

    Same mold, fungus, algae. Meaning fungal crotch rot.

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