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Trudeau at a Loss for Words Over Question on Trump and Protests
After a reporter asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada about President Trump’s handling of the protests, he paused for several seconds and avoided directly answering the question.
Reporter: “You’ve been reluctant to comment on the words and actions of the U.S. president. But we do have Donald Trump now calling for military action against protesters. We saw protesters tear-gassed yesterday to make way for a presidential photo-op. I’d like to ask you what you think about that. And if you don’t want to comment, what message do you think you’re sending?” “We all watch in horror and consternation, what’s going on in the United States. It is a time to pull people together. But it is a time to listen, is a time to learn what injustices continue despite progress over years and decades. But it is a time for us as Canadians to recognize that we too have our challenges, that black Canadians and racialized Canadians face discrimination as a lived reality every single day. There is systemic discrimination in Canada, which means our systems treat Canadians of color, Canadians who are racialized differently, than they do others.”
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