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In-town pool report #6
Cheryl Bolen • Bloomberg BNA
February 13, 2017: 01:23 PM


POTUS/Trudeau comments:

TRUMP: I am honored to be here with Prime Minister Trudeau, whose father I knew and respected greatly. And he gave me a picture of myself and your father, and what a great picture. I will keep that in a very special place at the Waldorf Astoria, together.

We are going to launch the Canada-U.S. Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs, and we have some of the great ones in this room, and Business Leaders. We have so many great women leaders around the table today. And we are going to go through your names and exactly, because many of you I know. Some of you I don't, so I want to find out all about you.

And women as you know, and I can say that from my past life, I had so many women executives that were phenomenal, phenomenal, and they really helped me a great deal in business. So it was really fantastic. They play a tremendously important role, women, in our economy. Women are the primary source of income in 40 percent of American households, and households with children under the age of 18.

In order to create economic growth and lots of very good, well-paying jobs, we must ensure that our economy is a place where women can work and thrive, and I think that's happening in the United States much more so. And Ivanka is very much involved in this. And I appreciate you being involved in it.

And I know the, Justin, in your, in Canada, it's happening, and that's very important. We need policies that help to keep women in the workforce and to address the unique barriers faced by female entrepreneurs. And they are unique. We need to make it easier for women to manage the demands of having both a job and a family. We also need to make it easier for women entrepreneurs to get access to capital.

And I guess pretty much all entrepreneurs, we have to help them out, because the system is not working so well for entrepreneurs getting capital. But it's in particular difficult for women, so we're going to get access to markets and access to networks.

And I look forward to hearing your advice. We're going to go around the table, and I want to learn something today.

And again, it's a great honor to be with you. And, Justin, I can say on behalf of our country, it's an honor to be with you.

TRUDEAU: Thank you, Donald, for welcoming us. And I am really excited about launching this, sitting around the table here with a number of successful executives who just happen to be women.

One of the things that I've been lucky enough to do over the past year in New York and Beijing, and across Canada is sit down with women CEOs, women executives to talk about both their successes and the challenges they're facing that are particular, but also how, of course, we create more paths to success for women across our community and across our society.

Whenever I sit down with a woman executive, I know that she has had to overcome significant barriers that exist, and therefore is likely to have, you know, greater insight into helping reduce those barriers for others. But also be a formidable contributor to the success of the business and her economy.

So I think for me it's not just about doing the right thing. It's about understanding that women in leadership positions is a very powerful leverage for success, for business, for communities, and for our entire economy.

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Trudeau then spoke in French, which your pooler does not speak.



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