The leader of Canada has gone on the record as willing to work with Donald Trump if the real estate mogul manages to win the presidential race. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted that, although he may not necessarily agree with all of Trump’s policies, he has “faith” that American voters will select the candidate best suited for the position.
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Trudeau, speaking at a Huffington Post Town Hall, insisted that Canada will remain a strong ally of the U.S. regardless of politics. “We will work alongside our neighbors and allies regardless of the political choices they make,” he said. As for the prospect of Trump winning the election, Trudeau added, “there have been lots of times in the past where the ideologies of president and prime minister haven’t perfectly matched up where there’s been a very constructive and positive relationship.”
The 44-year-old prime minister, who became the leader of Canada’s Liberal Party in 2013 and led his party to a federal election victory last year, adopted a neutral tone when asked about Trump’s policies directly. “I think if I were American I would be asking questions right now about why is it that so many people are angry at your politics? Why is it that so many people are so disenfranchised with your democracy that they seem to be acting out, lashing out?”
When encouraged to criticize Trump, Trudeau did not back down from his middle-of-the-road stance. “I’m not going to pick a fight with Donald Trump right now. I’m not gonna support him either, obviously. But I am watching very, very carefully to see this, I think, important moment in the United States, in the greatest democracy in the world,” he said.
Trudeau also predicted that Trump would shift his appeal towards the general electorate if he nabs the GOP nomination. “Let’s see if the things that he needed to say in order to win, secure, the Republican nomination are the same things he chooses to say in order to win the presidency, if that’s what happens,” he said.