The camaraderie and reassuring words could dispel some of the anxiety that has lingered for months, with Trump railing daily against trade deals but saying little about Canada

There was no talk of walls, only bridges as Donald Trump had an amiable first meeting with his Canadian counterpart Monday that suggested the northern neighbour would be spared the brunt of his nationalist America-first platform.

The U.S. president spoke about more trade with Canada, a faster-flowing border, joint work on infrastructure projects and reforms to labour mobility as he shelved the tough-talking campaign rhetoric he directed daily at the southern neighbour, Mexico.

“America is deeply fortunate to have a neighbour like Canada,” Trump said at their White House news conference.

“We have before us the opportunity to build even more bridges and bridges of co-operation and bridges of commerce. Both of us are committed to bringing greater prosperity and opportunity to our people.”

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