PM Justin Trudeau said that he won’t stand up particularly on U.S. President Donald Trump’s reported description of Haiti and African countries as “shitholes.”
When asked to share his reaction, Trudeau highlighted the large Haitian community in his Quebec riding of Papineau as well as Canadian generosity in the wake of the earthquake that devastated Haiti exactly eight years ago Friday.
“This remains the way Canada engages with countries around the world,” Trudeau said.
“I think you all know that I’m not going to opine on what the president may or may not have said. I will simply repeat that Canada is a country of openness, of respect, and we will continue to be there to support friends around the world and to welcome people who will contribute to building a stronger country.”
On asking about Trump’s comment on the African nations and others, Trudeau said,
“we know that the president prides himself, to a certain extent, on being unpredictable, on being a bit of a disrupter.”
Irrespective of any consequences Trudeau said L that he will continue to work on keeping a constructive relationship with the U.S., while “at the same time being very clear who we are as Canadians, on what we stand for and what our interests are.”
Trudeau’s government is currently in the throes of negotiations with the U.S. and Mexico to save the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Trudeau refused to criticize Trump by name for such statements and policies south. The PM implies proudly about the diversity of his administration as the country’s strength.
Trudeau is wearing the pride that Canadian government will always “promote the values of openness, diversity and inclusion.”
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