In yet another unintended consequence of US President Donald Trump’s (and his minions) lack of control, his nasty comments towards Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the G7 summit in Quebec resulted in a major political boost for both Trudeau and Canada.
“There’s a special place in Hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door,” Peter Navaro on the Fox News Sunday
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrumpPM 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.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!
The real world effects of these comments were:
- a rare unanimously supported bill in the Canadian Parliament supporting Prime Minister Trudeau’s actions and condemning President Trump
- has the global media, including “Trump blind” Fox News, talking about how well Trudeau is handling Trump
- has the US media, celebrities, business leaders and politicians all apologizing to Prime Minister Trudeau
- a trending hashtag is #ThanksCanada and #ThankCanada
- has the domestic Canadian standard media (TV, newspapers, radio…) as well as social media (see #TrueNorthStrong) a-buzz with talk about how well Trudeau is handling Trump
- has emboldened the Trudeau government to bring in retaliatory tariffs to negate any US benefit from the current 25% tariff on steel and aluminum
- has emboldened the Trudeau government to take a tougher stand on NAFTA, especially the milk marketing boards that they were all but ready to give up on
- has brought together the G6 leaders and shown them that they must support each other at least until the American tyrant is gone
- has all but completely overshadowed several thorny issues Trudeau’s has been arduously dealing with for months
While the agreement of legislators who are normally opposed on most fronts was remarkable, the anger also spread to pundits, officials, celebrities and ordinary citizens as Canadians vowed consumer boycotts of American goods and brainstormed insults of Trump on social media.
“Something strange and wonderful has been sparked by @realDonaldTrump’s dishonorable comments about this country. I think it might be a Canadian identity,” newspaper columnist John Ivison tweeted.
It is important to note that there was nothing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said (see the video HERE) at and after the G7 summit that he has not said publicly, repeatedly for weeks. Donald Trump was either on another tantrum or trying to seem tough before his ‘meeting’ with Kim Jong Un.
Unlike Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau is too smart to bathe in this publicly so he has been (correctly!) silent on the matter. On behalf of Justin Trudeau, Thanks President Trump! Your awesome buddy!