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It may be easy to describe the new U.S. president as unpredictable, and certainly as unco-operative in some global affairs, but during his lengthy time in the public eye, he has demonstrated two consistent qualities: Donald Trump does things his own way and doesn't like to lose.

"I think it would be a mistake for Trudeau to say I'm the interlocutor here," said Thomas Bernes, a CIGI fellow and former executive at the IMF.

"That risks creating expectations that can't be fulfilled," he added.

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