The following is an excerpt from Chris Berube | February 15, 2017 | Slate.com |
For Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Monday’s meeting at the White House with Donald Trump went pretty much as well as possible. Trump promised that any change in the binational trade relationship would be a “tweak,” while Trudeau got a meme-able moment of subtle resistance to Trump, when he refused to succumb to the president’s overbearing handshake.
For the most part, their first meeting glossed over the awkwardness of the Trump-Trudeau relationship so far. Earlier this month, Trudeau took a dig at the president’s executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries by tweeting a welcome message to refugees himself, while Trump’s press secretary angered many Canadian officials by using a shooting at a Quebec mosque to justify the travel ban, even though the alleged shooter was a white, right-wing French Canadian.
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