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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted their common ground during a joint press conference Monday.

“We must work with our closest allies, learn from each other and stand in solidarity with a united voice,” said Prime Minister Trudeau.

Trudeau met with President Trump at the White House – a first for the new administration.  The two spoke about security and immigration as well as trade.

“We will coordinate closely to protect jobs in our hemisphere and keep jobs in our continent,” said President Trump.

Another topic on the table – women. Both leaders said they will work together to give women equal opportunities in all sectors and will create a council to push for it.

Trudeau had commented earlier before the meeting on his goal.

“It is the job of the Canadian Prime Minister to have a constructive working relationship with the President of the United States and that’s exactly what I intend to do,” said Trudeau.

However, the two leaders disagree on a number of issues including immigration and trade.

President Trump has campaigned on upending NAFTA – the trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

“Canadians are rightly aware of the fact that much of our economy depends on a good working relationship with the United States,” said Trudeau. “We know that by ensuring the continued effective integration of our two economies, we are going to be creating greater opportunities for middle class Canadians and Americans now and well into the future.”

“I agree with that 100 percent. We have a very outstanding trade relationship with Canada. We’ll be tweaking it. We are going to be doing certain things that will be benefitting both our countries, ” said Trump.

In 2015, Canada and the U.S. exchanged $575 billion worth of goods with each other.

A topic they do agree on is the Keystone XL Pipeline which will run from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska.

“I’ve been on the record for many years supporting it because it leads to economic growth and good jobs for Albertans,” said Trudeau.

The question not asked was about National Security Advisor Michael Flynn whose job may be on the line. He was in the room during the press conference.

As Trump and Trudea left the room, a reporter was heard yelling ‘doest General Flynn still have your confidence?’ No answer was given but it is also unclear if President Trump heard it.

Monday evening, White House officials said President Trump was ‘evaluating the situation.’

General Flynn originally told officials he did not discuss U.S. sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. before President Trump took office but U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted those calls.

“I talked to General Flynn about that–about that conversation,” said Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence is reportedly upset General Flynn misled him about the discussions prior to that appearance on “Face the Nation.”

One source told CBS News that General Flynn may have a few more weeks as the White House tries to figure out a new executive order on immigration.  White House lawyers spent the weekend working on a revised order.

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  1. I never want to be associated with you hissy fit hating Trump haters who scream; “I don’t like the way how Trump talks and the way he says things and he’s not presidential and

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