OTTAWA Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed border cooperation in a phone call on Thursday as pressure mounted in Canada over rising numbers of asylum seekers arriving from the United States.
The phone call, which followed a positive meeting between the two leaders in Washington last week, also covered the softwood lumber trade dispute, among other issues, Trudeau’s office said in a statement.
The number of asylum seekers crossing into Canada at isolated and unguarded border crossings has increased in recent weeks amid fears that Trump will crack down on illegal immigrants, and photos of smiling Canadian police greeting the migrants have gone viral.
The White House said Trump emphasized the importance of working closely with Canada on cross-border issues, “including implementation of his administration’s actions to protect America from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals and others.”
Officials say Trump will soon issue a new executive order to replace the administration’s directive suspending travel to the United States by citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries.
While Trudeau has won positive headlines for his welcome to refugees and has so far avoided political fallout with Trump, opponents and allies alike are pushing the Liberal government for a solution to illegal border crossings.
Brian Pallister, the Conservative premier of…