Trump reaffirms U.S. relationship with Canada during press conference with prime minister

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Donald Trump reaffirmed the U.S. relationship with Canada during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trump says America "is deeply fortunate to have a neighbor like Canada."

He says the two countries share much more than a border, including shared values and defense interests. And he's commending Canada's contribution to the effort to defeat the Islamic State group.

Trump says that both countries are stronger when they work together and is pledging to work with Trudeau "in pursuit of our many shared interests."

He also touted a meeting the two convened at the White House. He says, "the full power of women can do better than anybody else."

President Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also stressed their "profound shared economic interests" as they met for the first time.

Before the press conference, the neighboring leaders released a statement Monday. They promised to "work tirelessly to provide growth and jobs for both countries."

The statement also noted that "Canada is the most important foreign market for thirty-five U.S. states, and more than $2 billion in two-way trade flows across our shared border every day."

Relations with the U.S. are crucial to Canada. More than 75 percent of Canada's exports go to the U.S., while 18 percent of U.S. exports go to Canada. There are fears among Canadians that they could be hurt as Trump targets Mexico in a re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

During the visit, Trudeau brought a personal gift to Trump.

Trudeau brought a photo of the President with Trudeau's father, the late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Trump says it is a picture of the two at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York.

Trump says he knew Pierre Trudeau and respected him "greatly." He said he would keep the photo in a "very special place."