July 9, 2020

Trudeau's gossip again puts his relationship with Trump on the tightrope

The relations between Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump once again become a headache for the Canadian authorities after the gossip and alleged teasing of the Canadian prime minister during the NATO summit and the response of the US president.

The last shock in relations between the two partners and neighbors began with the publication of a video in which Trudeau appears in conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson; French President Emmanuel Macron and Princess Ana, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, during a reception at Buckingham Palace in London, in honor of the participants in the NATO summit.

In the broadcast video, although the US president is not expressly mentioned, Trudeau seems to gossip and make fun of the duration of Trump's press conferences and that he even leaves his own team "speechless" among the smiles of his interlocutors .

At a press conference at the end of the NATO summit, Trudeau acknowledged that the conversation was in effect about Trump and about "an unscheduled press conference" before his meeting with him.

Trudeau tried to downplay the incident by clarifying the words included in the video and said they were referring to Trump's announcement that the next G7 summit will be held in Camp David (USA).

"I think it was an unscheduled announcement and I think everyone's teams, and all the leaders have teams that occasionally gape at unplanned surprises, like the video itself, for example," the Canadian Prime Minister joked.

Trudeau also repeated that he maintains good relations with Trump and that the partnership between Canada and the United States is strong.

"I think people know that the relations between Canada and the United States are deep and go beyond the relationship of the prime minister and the president, although I will say that as everyone knows, the president and I have a very good and constructive relationship," Trudeau declared.

But Trump did not seem to have the same opinion on the video and Trudeau's comments and after learning of the existence of the images he called it "false."

The ruler added that Trudeau's gossip before other European leaders was perhaps the result of criticism he launched in the face and in public about the Canadian breach of allocating 2% of the country's GDP to NATO.

What is clear is that Canada has to get on the lead with Trump, since since the businessman arrived at the White House, the special relationship between Ottawa and Washington is not as fluid as it has been for decades.

For example, Trump has used Canadian steel and aluminum tariffs as a form of pressure in the negotiations of the new North American free trade agreement, in which Mexico also participates, known as T-MEC.

These tariffs, which caused Canada to retaliate against the United States for 16,000 million dollars, were only withdrawn in May this year, months after the three countries will reach an agreement for the signing of the T-MEC.

And despite the good relations between Trudeau and Trump, the US president had no trouble insulting the Prime Minister of Canada at the end of the G7 Summit held in June 2018 in Quebec and withdrawing his signature from the joint statement in retaliation.

And all because Trudeau dared to say in his press conference that Canada would not be "overwhelmed" by the United States and that it considered "insulting" the tariffs imposed by Washington on Canadian steel and aluminum.

This time, in Ottawa it is feared that Trump will retaliate against Canada for Trudeau's alleged teasing.

The leaders of the main opposition parties criticized Trudeau on Wednesday for his "bad judgment," as noted by Canada Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer.

Scheer told the media that "at a time when Canada needs strong relationships, Justin Trudeau's misjudgment, his lack of professionalism and love for the dramatic continue to weaken Canada's position in the world."

And the leader of the sovereignist Quebeques Block (BQ), Yves-Francois Blanchet, the second opposition party, said Trudeau's actions only serve to make Canada have more problems with its neighbor.

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