Trudeau meets Biden in D.C. as leaders gather for Western Hemisphere trade summit

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U-S President Joe Biden discussed a wide range of issues on the margins of a mini-summit at the White House on Friday.
Trudeau says they talked about what he described as the urgent need for a ``humanitarian pause'' in the war raging between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
But Trudeau offered few other details of the meeting, beyond noting that Biden himself did not raise the Liberal government's plan for a digital services tax on foreign tech companies -- a sore spot with some U-S lawmakers.
The tax is slated to take effect in January, and critics see the country-by-country approach as overly aimed at the U-S tech sector.
Friday's brief White House meeting marked the first official gathering of all 12 countries taking part in a nascent trade partnership aimed at fortifying economic growth and supply chains.