Justin Trudeau Turns Down White House Visit. Is he Waiting Out Trump’s Term?
Donald Trump’s relationships with other foreign leaders has been quite different than those of his predecessors. His meetings with allies like Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have been frosty. In contrast, Trump has had kind words for controversial leaders like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un.
Canada has long been one of the United States staunchest allies. And the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got on much better with Barack Obama than he has with Trump. Trudeau recently announced he is turning down a meeting with Trump due to COVID concerns. But some think the Canadian PM may also be waiting out Trump’s current term.
The American president was hoping Trudeau would visit to celebrate the recent USMCA agreement. But according to Canadian spokesperson Chantal Gagnon, “While there were recent discussions about the possible participation of Canada, the prime minister will be in Ottawa this week for scheduled Cabinet meetings and the long-planned sitting of Parliament.”
Nelson Wiseman, a professor at the University of Toronto sees another reason for Trudeau staying away from Trump. Wiseman told the Associated Press:
“Trudeau loses in Canadian public opinion to be seen chumming with the very unpopular Trump. Trudeau can afford to wait out Trump’s presidency now with less than four months to the U.S. election. Trudeau will still be in power after the election, Trump much less likely so.”
Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will celebrate the signing of the USMCA without Trudeau on Wednesday.