Trump questions render Trudeau speechless for 21 seconds

Clay Curtis
June 3, 2020

Justin Trudeau is under fire for not mentioning the US president by name when asked about his comments describing protesters as domestic terrorists and having police use tear gas on demonstrators to clear way for a photo-op. But we do have now Donald Trump calling for military action against protesters.

"We all watch in horror and consternation at what's going on in the United States", he said after a reporter pushed him for an answer about Trump's threat to invoke military action against protesters. "It is a time to pull people is a time to listen".

The prime minister pledged that the Canadian government would continue to work to better the country for black Canadians, reiterating that he understands they live a different reality than white Canadians.

"Dealing with the 500-pound colossus to the south is always a bit of a challenge", says Greg Anderson, a political science professor at the University of Alberta.

It's not the first time that the PM has been asked to opine about Trump's eccentric behaviour, but this time, the prime minister didn't take the bait.

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Many Canadian cities staged protests of their own, and despite certain provincial leaders naively claiming that systemic racism is basically nonexistent, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared ready to acknowledge the role anti-Black racism still plays in Canada. He has since apologized several times. After Lester Pearson gave a speech in the US that was critical of the Vietnam War, Lyndon B. Johnson reportedly grabbed him by the lapels and shouted "Don't you come into my living room and piss on my rug". "I'm here because I want you to know our government is listening".

Singh called on Trudeau to put actions behind his focus on Canadians. Canada is still working at addressing active racism and police brutality throughout the country, as well as implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. "What function would criticism of Trump serve in this context?"

When asked if he would comment further on what's happening in the United States and in particular on Trump, the Canadian PM said: "My job as a Canadian prime minister is to stand up for Canadians, to stand up for our interests, to stand up for our values".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on COVID-19 situation in Canada from his residence March 17, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. He adds Trudeau is being a hypocrite for saying we should call out racism and acts of injustice, but then not denouncing comments from the USA commander in chief. "I'm not sure what his responsibility to Canadians is in saying something specific about what's going on in the United States".

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