On the Sunday talk shows, Trump’s gophers, Peter Navarro and Larry Kudlow delivered the president’s counter punch to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s frank summation of Canada’s position on the Trump tariffs and numerous insults to one of the United States’ strongest allies. The two made rather disparaging remarks about Trudeau….an outright betrayal….a stab in the back….a special place in hell for Trudeau. For some reason, Kudlow and Navarro also thought it was unconscionable for Trudeau to make statements standing up for his country and declaring Canadians are not going to be “pushed around” by Trump. After all, the K and N show reasoned how could Trudeau do such a thing when Trump was heading off to an historic summit with North Korea’s Kim-Jong-Un? Kudlow and Navarro must not have gotten the memo! Hello! Prime Minister Trudeau doesn’t cow-tow to Trump! He is the Prime Minister of Canada! Trudeau made it quite clear he wasn’t going to be bullied by Trump.
According to Vox news, “just hours after leaving the G7 (Group of Seven) summit in Quebec on Saturday, Trump retracted US support for a joint statement signed by every nation in the group and blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “meek and mild.” Trump couldn’t restrain himself from tweeting aboard Air Force One. “PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ and he ‘will not be pushed around,’” Trump tweeted. “Very dishonest & weak.”
CNN carried Trudeau’s presser on Saturday. Judge for yourself if his remarks were “dishonest and weak.” In my opinion, Trudeau was very controlled, firm, and unfazed at the prospect of Trump’s insults and attempts at degrading him. He stood up for the interests of his country! The United States Congress, with a few exceptions, should have such backbone. Political ambition takes a back seat to the well-being of the country in this Congress. Both Democrats and Republicans should be ashamed. Give me a Justin Trudeau or a John McCain any day. At the very least, they understand the price of defending a democracy is dear. Can we please make America sane again?