Thursday, February 19, 2009

President Obama Speaks in Ottawa, Canada Today

OTTAWA – President Barack Obama proceeded cautiously in his first foreign trip Thursday, refraining from asking Canada to rethink its plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and saying changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement can wait. In a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Obama acknowledged that he has said NAFTA does too little to protect U.S. workers and the environment.

Canada, the United State's largest trading partner, is leery of changes to the deal.