U.S. President Donald Trump called Canada a great neighbour and said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is doing a spectacular job as the second and final day of the G20 summit in Germany got underway Saturday morning.
Trump and Trudeau were both participating in a World Bank event committing millions of dollars to help finance business start ups owned by women in the developing world.
Canada committed $20 million and the United States $50 million to the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative.
It comes on the heels of the joint effort between Trudeau and Trump on the United States Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders-Female Entrepreneurs which they launched in February to help increase the number of women in business.
“We have a great neighbor in Canada and Justin is doing a spectacular job in Canada,” said Trump. “Everybody loves him and they love him for a reason. Congratulations on the job you’re doing.”
Trudeau, seated on the stage next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seemed surprised and slightly embarrassed by the praise.
Trump also praised his daughter, Ivanka, and acknowledging the challenges he’s added to her life.
In a rare, self-deprecating moment, the president said that he’s been proud of his eldest daughter from “day one.”
“If she weren’t my daughter it would be so much easier for her,” adding with a laugh: “That might be the only bad thing she has going, if you want to know the truth.”
vanka Trump moved to Washington to work as a senior adviser to her father and has faced pressure from critics who’d hoped she’d be able to push him to adopt more moderate policies.