Vermont governor: Priority is reassuring Canadians about Trump

Vermont governor: Priority is reassuring Canadians about Trump

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) said it's a priority for him since President Trump assumed office to reassure neighboring Canadians that the U.S. is "fighting on their behalf."

Scott said there has been a mood of "concern, especially initially, about this new administration" in Canada, according to The New York Times.

“They needed some reassurance that we were there fighting on their behalf, and on our behalf as well,” Scott said.

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“We wanted to make sure that we communicated that and gave them, the Canadians, reassurance that we’re there for them.”

Scott has visited the Canadian border several times since he was elected, according to The Times.

On Friday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked of the importance of the Canada-U.S. partnership.

“The relationship between our countries is historic. It is a model to the world. It is of critical importance to people on both sides of the border that we maintain and indeed improve it. We must get this right,” Trudeau told the National Governors Association at their summer meeting in Rhode Island.

Trudeau also voiced his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but said improvements were always welcome.

As a presidential candidate, Trump railed against NAFTA, dubbing it “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere." Since taking office, he has said he will work to renegotiate the deal.