President Donald Trump hosted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House on Monday.

The two leaders discussed the "unique relationship" between the allies and held a roundtable forum about the advancement of women in the workforce.

During a joint press conference, Trump said it was an honor to host a "great friend, neighbor and ally."


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He said the two nations will coordinate to create jobs in North America that will benefit both countries and work together against the common cause of terrorism.

Trudeau said that while the two leaders won't always agree on everything, Canada and the U.S. "will remain each other's most essential partner."

Monday was the first time the leaders meet in person after having had several telephone calls. The meeting came after Canada said it would offer temporary residence to those affected by Trump's executive order on immigration.

Trudeau said that Canada will continue its policy of openness to immigrants and refugees without compromising security.

The two leaders released a joint statement:

"President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held their first official meeting today in Washington, D.C. and affirmed their longstanding commitment to close cooperation in addressing both the challenges facing our two countries and problems around the world.

"No two countries share deeper or broader relations than Canada and the United States. We are bound together by our history, our values, our economy, our environment, and our resolve to improve the lives of our citizens. Our close relationship and ongoing collaboration allow us to successfully meet any challenges we may face over the coming years, and to build a prosperous future for the people of both countries."

Trump and Trudeau also announced the creation of a new project called the United States Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders-Female Entrepreneurs.


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