Despite being just 2 weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump has accomplished many of the campaign promises he made to the American people. What has become increasingly clear is President Trump doesn’t plan to waste any time, taking few breaks between rolling out new policies.
Of course, not everyone is fond of the new direction the country is taking under Trump. Aside from liberals at home, many foreign leaders have been hesitant to embrace their new peer. In the wake of Trump’s travel ban, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement on Twitter welcoming refugees into Canada. Although not a direct shot at Trump, the message was clear. However, now it seems that Trudeau may be backing off of his harsh stance on the new president.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking a low key approach to dealing with U.S. President Donald Trump, seeking to avoid clashes while indirectly signaling the two leaders’ differences to a domestic audience.
Insiders acknowledge the cautious strategy could anger progressives whose support helped bring Trudeau to power in 2015 but say for now, he has no choice but to hold fire: Canada sends 75 percent of its exports to the United States and could suffer if it is targeted by Trump.
“Why poke a grizzly bear while it’s having lunch? Trump has just got into office and he is formulating his economic plans,” said one senior political source.
While Trudeau’s close friendship with former President Barack Obama was often referred to as a “bromance” and “dude-plomacy,” Canadian prime ministers have not always had close ties with U.S. presidents.
That might be wise advice, especially considering Canada’s policy of not accepting male refugees from Syria. Despite the criticism, Canada itself has realized the dangers of the current refugee system.
Trudeau’s decision to pause and give Trump a chance will be good for both countries. After all, Canada and the U.S. have been close allies for decades, and with the potential renegotiation of NAFTA, the leader is wise to at least attempt a good working relationship with President Trump.
While it is unlikely Trudeau will find as much common ground with Trump as he did with President Obama, there’s potential for the two leaders to work together on many issues. Not being publicly critical of one of your closest allies is a good first step in keeping that relationship on solid footing.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]