US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the Canada-US Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs in the presence of businesswomen from both countries.
“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 (his daughter) is very much involved in this. And I appreciate you being involved in it,” Trump said speaking on the occasion.
Ivanka was also in the spotlight as she sat next to the 45-year-old Canadian premier, the third world leader to meet Trump in his Oval Office, amid questions over conflict of interest between the President, his family members, and their multiple family-run businesses.
“And I know, 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,” Trump said with the Canadian Prime Minister to his side.
Trump said there is need to have policies that help to keep women in the workforce and to address the unique barriers faced by female entrepreneurs.
“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,” Trump said.
“I am really excited about launching this, sitting around the table here with a number of successful executives who just happen to be women,” Trudeau said.
“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 their facing that are particular, but also how, of course, we create more paths to success for women across our community,” he said.
“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 greater insight into help reduce those barriers for others,” he said.