"We have political leaders, political stakeholders that use demagoguery and have a populistic slogan, that want to eliminate and destroy what has been built, what has taken decades to build", Peña Nieto said.
"Today, the leaders of Canada, the United States, and Mexico come together to address shared challenges, knowing cooperation pays off, and that working in partnership always beats going it alone", Trudeau said in a statement before the summit. Moreover, Trudeau said that the three of them could only "protect" free trade by providing reliable results to help the global and individual economy. And in the United States, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump also wants to build a wall between the US and Mexico and do away with NAFTA, saying it is costing the U.S.jobs and money.
President Barack Obama met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the North American Leaders' Summit.
Obama recognized there existed "genuine concerns" about the impact on long-term global growth if the Brexit goes ahead.
It followed a summit meeting with the leaders of Canada and Mexico in Ottawa. The U.S. Constitution bars him from running for a third term.
The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico convened a summit Wednesday meant to reaffirm their close cooperation on security, the environment and trade at a time of rising extremist threats around the globe and isolationist calls in the American presidential campaign.
Following an early morning jog with Trudeau, Pena Nieto at the press conference praised the Trudeau administration for its inclusive politics "in a world where hate speech, racism and discrimination still persist". Trudeau and Peña Nieto both refused to take the bait when asked for their opinions on the presumptive Republican nominee, and instead both stressed very carefully that they would respect and work with whomever Americans chose in November.
Roberta Rampton, covering the White House for Reuters, caught the Canadian Parliament giving President Obama a standing ovation and shouting, "Four more years!'"
And Trudeau said the three leaders' strategy for combatting protectionist views was to "highlight how much trade and positive agreement among our nations are good not only for the economy of the world and the economy of our countries, but it's also good for our citizens".
One obstacle to free trade is the dumping of products at artificially low prices, and Trudeau, Obama and Pena Nieto said they agreed on the need for the governments of all major steel-making nations to address excess capacity. He said that era has been outmoded "far more by automation than by trade", adding that the USA steel industry was producing just as much as it ever was, but now only needs one-tenth of the workers.
Obama, before meeting with Pena Nieto, emphasized America's ties with Mexico. "On the world stage, his country is leading on climate change and cares deeply about development, so from my perspective, what's not to like?"
"Even if we wanted to we can't seal ourselves off from the rest of the world", Obama said in a speech to the Canadian parliament after trilateral talks.
President Barack Obama and the leaders of Mexico and Canada pushed back forcefully on Wednesday against the isolationist and anti-immigrant sentiments that have roiled Britain and been championed by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Obama said he spoke with Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and called the images from the scene heartbreaking.