August 10th, 2009
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Obama to meet with Mexican, Canadian leaders

President Obama meets with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Sunday in Guadalajara.
President Obama meets with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Sunday in Guadalajara.

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) - President Obama will meet with the leaders of Mexico and Canada on Monday, with the three expected to discuss a broad range of issues.

Obama arrived in Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city, Sunday evening for the day and a half of talks with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They are not expected to make any major announcements.

In the days leading up the North American Leaders' Summit, officials said the trio would discuss the economy, drug violence and the environment. They are expected to hold a joint news conference at 12:30 p.m. ET Monday.

"The themes of this summit are: one, economic recovery and competitiveness; two, citizen safety and security; and three, clean energy and climate change. All are core priorities of this administration," Gen. James Jones, U.S. national security adviser, said before the summit.

More than 4,000 policemen and soldiers were maintaining a security perimeter around the building where the meetings were to take place.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm sure that NAFTA is on the topic list. What does Mexico intend on doing to combat the swine flu.

    August 10, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. T'SAH from Virginia

    That's right President Obama – keep up with the "CORE PRIORITIES" of your administration... Maybe, just maybe, it would rub off on our own country and the 'ROWDY' US citizens would see that you mean business and not about 'playing' games or causing a 'RUCKUS' at town hall meetings.

    August 10, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Good luck Mr. President. We pray for your success and safe return. Although why you'd want to come back to this snake pit only God knows. Your citizens have turned out to be certifiable nuts, easily misled with misinformation disseminated by people whose IQ is less than their shoe size. I apologize for them, and I pray that common sense somehow, some way, prevails.

    August 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Deep Throat

    What are you going to do OBAMA? Ask them to open up their borders more?

    August 10, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Kimberly in Oregon

    Greatest President ever...Gotta love him, and if you dont then its ok, he will take care of you too, whining right wingers

    August 10, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Zero.

    Barack Obama's caught in a sandwich, slowly being squeezed.

    Soon! There will only be Canada and Mexico doing business

    August 10, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Unemployed for too long

    I seem to recall a campaign promise referring to "fair trade" as opposed to the emasculation of the American worker we have in place now. I certainly hope the President keeps that promise in mind while having discussions with foreign dignitaries. We need a solid manufacturing base here to provide for good national security.

    August 10, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Sam Sixpack

    Thank God the weekend is over - the Probama weekend crew only allows Palin bashing comments.

    When do we start getting Mexican healthcare?

    It IS afterall, affordable...

    August 10, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. southerncousin

    Is he apologizing again? He might want to talk about buck the Teamsters union (him bucking any union would be a laugh) and saving the american economy about $400 million a year in needless charges to keep mexican truckers of the road. These unions are the real racists, yet the libs love to paint the republicans as racist. It is the liberal democrats.

    August 10, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. LIP

    Do you suppose they will talk about illegal aliens coming across the border to supposedly take those jobs that honest hard working, unemployed americans don't want. Do you suppose they will talk about the impact these illegals are having on our health care system and on the public schools and the prisons and judicial system and all those other government departments impacted by illegal traffic?
    Probably not, because we don't want to offend them.

    August 10, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. sunshine

    we are neighbors, we need each other, we can be a help to each other, it's time.

    August 10, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Chacha

    President Bush was heavily criticized by the mainstream media (including CNN) for traveling to Crawford, TX whereas "MEMIN" travels the world every other day and that makes it okay. Is this change we can believe in?

    August 10, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Mississippi Mike

    You know what would be cool, if our countries merged! Think about it, we would have Canada's socialist programs, the US's wealth and military, and I'm sure Mexico has something to offer. We'd have one huge continental family where everyone could learn to speak French and Spanish. Hooray!

    August 10, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Unemployed for too long

    Mexico imposed retaliatory tariffs of $2.4 billion in U.S. goods in March after Obama signed a bill canceling a program allowing Mexican trucks to operate beyond the U.S. border. The preceding from Reuters news.

    Why does America allow the public safety and economic welfare go to the wayside at all? China and melamine,,,Mexican derelict trucks in our country with God knows what aboard,,,How about American politics return to working in service to Americans? Not merely the politically contributing corporate few,,, but ALL Americans!!!

    August 10, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. yuri

    Evidently, NAFTA hafta be rehased in some form or the other. Terrorism, illicit drug traffickin', and immigrartion will be the real hot button agenda, and the GOP will find some way to start unleashin' its carpin' toungue, about the Dems on this trip.

    August 10, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Jefe

    Probably to continue the Clinton-Bush process of merging the US with Canada and Mexico.

    August 10, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. B

    Calderon wants more money to throw away on useless attempts to control drugs in his- Totally Corrupt – country.

    August 10, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Proud Member..Party of No

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 30% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9.

    August 10, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Hugo

    While you are there President Obama do you think that you could hit up the Mexican government for some of the 18 billion a year costs to healthcare their illegal immigration costs the US tax payer annually? Please do not forget to see if you can get some of our monies back for the other related issues that the illegal entry Hispanic people are costing us on an annual basis. Prison costs, law enforcement costs, social service costs, gang violence costs and on and on and on! Why don't you quit taking care of everyone except tax paying American Citizens!

    August 10, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |