VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Will Justin Trudeau’s latest tiff with Donald Trump have any consequences for Canada?
A political expert believes the recent gaffe made by the prime minister at an event with NATO leaders in London likely won’t have any long-lasting impacts.
“Trump has his Twitter tirades, they last a day or two and then they are forgotten while he tirades against someone else,” Hamish Telford, an associate professor of political science at the University of the Fraser Valley, said. “That’s the pattern we’ve seen.
“Donald Trump doesn’t have a long memory — he’s always focused on the next attack,” Telford added.
He also said there’s absolutely no need for Trudeau to apologize.
“Bullies don’t like weakness and I think we’ve seen, over the last three years, that Trump is nothing other than a big bully, so I think that Trudeau just has to stand his ground here and know that he’s got solid allies in Britain and France and the other NATO countries,” Telford explained. “Trudeau’s in good company here. I wouldn’t expect any sort of consequences other than a few more Twitter tirades, perhaps surrogates on Fox News denouncing Trudeau for a day.”
Telford says #Trudeau shouldn’t apologize. “Bullies don’t like weakness and we’ve seen over the last 3 years Trump is nothing other than a big bully, so I think Trudeau just has to stand his ground and know he’s got solid allies in Britain, France and other NATO countries.”
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Some have wondered if Trudeau’s recent gaffe would hurt trade negotiations, however, Telford said Trump’s anger with the Canadian leader in the past didn’t do anything to that effect.
“The new NAFTA agreement, Trump and Trudeau got together and Trump was all praise.”
A video at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night caught Trudeau standing with other world leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, talking about Trump behind his back.
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Telford noted Johnson, who is seen laughing at Trudeau’s comments, is one of Trump’s closest allies.
The morning after, Trump called Trudeau “two-faced,” in reaction to the video. The prime minister addressed the controversy shortly after, but did not apologize.
-With files from Hana Mae Nassar, The Canadian Press, and The Associated Press