The “Three Amigos” gathering of leaders from the United States, Canada and Mexico on Thursday will miss one of the key parts of the summit: a joint news conference involving the three leaders.
This is the first private gathering of leaders since 2016 before Donald Trump was elected president. Mr. Trump’s relations with Canadian and Mexican leaders have been strained by the tariffs he has imposed, although later, he and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador have grown closer. This was not the case with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, whom Mr. Trump famously called “”.Two-faced“
On Thursday morning, after the article was originally published, the president told reporters that he would be happy to ask questions after meeting with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts. Asked why Mr. Biden would break with tradition, White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie said Thursday that she “doesn’t think it’s that disgusting.” Saki pointed out that the last president did not host the summit at all. Sackie blamed the lack of a press conference on the “change of schedule” and said Mr Biden had hosted other press releases this month.
Mr Biden presented himself as a return to normalcy and tradition as he ran for office against Mr Trump, so skipping the press conference came as a surprise to White House reporters this week. All eight summits since its inception in 2005 have held tripartite press conferences. Former President Obama held press conferences with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts in 2012, as did former President Bush in 2008 and 2005.
At this last 2016 news conference, reporters were able to ask tough, even uncomfortable questions from Mr. Obama, Trudeau, and then-Mexican President Enrique Peیناa Nieto – in particular, Mr. Trump’s GOP nomination, victory, and About their reactions to future relationships. Between the United States and Mexico on issues such as NAFTA and immigration.
Mr Obama said at the time that “whoever becomes president of the United States will have a deep and strong interest in maintaining strong ties with Mexico. This is our neighbor, our friend and one of our biggest trading partners.” . ” “I think I’ve made it clear, whatever the candidates are saying, that America is a nation of immigrants. That’s our strength.”
Without a press conference on Thursday, Mr. Biden will not be forced to answer questions about his decision to continue with Title 42, a controversial public health policy used on the Mexican border. Used to expel migrants based on COVID-19 concerns. Mr Biden has been criticized by progressives and immigration supporters for relying on him to try to keep numbers at the border. A U.S. district court judge in Texas has ruled that the Biden administration “wrongly abolished” “stay in Mexico policy.”
However, summits and news conferences generally present a kind of continental alliance, which was at its peak during the Obama years.
Last week, White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie said she thought a press conference was planned. But there was no press conference on the president’s Thursday schedule, which was released on Wednesday night. The president signs a bill before meeting with Trudeau and Obrador, and as always, it is possible that he will be able to raise questions at this time.
According to the prime minister’s schedule, Trudeau will be alone with the press on his arrival at the Canadian embassy on Thursday evening. The Mexican government has not yet said whether Obrador will hold a solo press conference after the meeting.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told CBS News during a press conference on Wednesday that the resolution by the three leaders was “more accurate” than the press conference.
Asked about a joint press conference Wednesday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Chris Megher said there would be “pool sprays” – opportunities before the meetings begin. In these brief on-camera moments, reporters have the opportunity to ask questions, but leaders can only ignore the questions.
On Wednesday, a reporter asked the White House if the lack of a news conference could be attributed to Mr. Biden’s recent remarks, which the White House press office had to “clear.”
“You guys (the press office) just had to clean up. [Mr. Biden’s] Olympic comment, but his comment on Fed’s time [chair nomination] And his Taiwanese comment. Is it a problem that you don’t want the president to ask questions? “Asked Justin Sink of Bloomberg.
In addition to the pool spray, Meghar responded that “the president often raises questions during his day in the White House, during his visits, throughout the day.”
Thursday’s meetings are likely to have some controversial moments, with the exception of immigration issues. Canada and the United States have a dispute over tariffs.
Although Mr. Trump did not host a summit of North American leaders with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts, he met with them individually and at events elsewhere, and asked them to sign a new trade agreement. I succeeded.
The three leaders plan to tackle economic challenges, COVID-19, climate change and other important issues. The White House says the three countries will “reaffirm their strong ties and integration as COVID-19 paves the way for cooperation to eradicate epidemics and advance health security; competitiveness and equitable development.” That includes climate change; and a regional vision of migration. “
– Arden Farhi and Jacob Rosen of CBS News contributed to this report.