Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has prevented criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump’s behaviour throughout a controversial media convention Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As a substitute, Trudeau tried to attract a transparent distinction Tuesday between himself and Trump when he was requested concerning the assembly.
“Canada has been unequivocal in our condemnation of Vladimir Putin and Russia,” stated Trudeau in Sutherlands River, N.S.
“Whether or not it is their unlawful annexation of Crimea, their incursion into the Donbass in Ukraine and the truth that we’re glad to have 200 Canadian troopers there serving to to coach Ukrainian armies. Whether or not it is their interference in Syria and the assist for the murderous Assad regime whether or not it is what they have been chargeable for within the chemical weapons assault in Salisbury on U.Ok. soil in opposition to British nationals. Canada has at all times been clear.”
When particularly requested about Trump, Trudeau reiterated his views on Putin.
“As I stated, we condemn Russia and the way in which Vladimir Putin engages in worldwide affairs,” he stated.
Throughout a high-profile assembly in Helsinki on Monday, Trump stated he did not see “any purpose why” Russia would have interfered within the 2016 U.S. election, regardless of the findings from his personal intelligence companies.
When requested straight on Monday if he held Russia “accountable for something,” Trump stated he held “each international locations accountable.”
That is sparked controversy all over the world, together with in Trump’s personal Republican Celebration.
Trump’s assembly with Putin got here simply days after a particular prosecutor in america indicted 12 Russian brokers for stealing Democratic Celebration paperwork to assist him win the vote.
Trudeau’s feedback comes throughout one of the crucial tense durations within the Canada-U.S. relationships lately as a consequence of an ongoing commerce conflict.