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Canada's Trudeau: Trump Listens But Twitter Puts a 'Wrinkle' in Diplomacy

23 Juin 2017

In an interview with the New York Times' Peter Baker and Catherine Porter earlier today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remarked about his United States counterpart's social media habits - and how they need to be treated seriously.

Asked about Trump's penchant for eyebrow-raising tweets, Trudeau replied: "There's no question that the way the president chooses to speak directly to people through social media is a new wrinkle in global diplomacy".

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Politico noted since his inauguration, Trump has tweeted about Canada four times, first about meeting Trudeau on February 13, and then mentioning Canada while describing a book.

"One of the things that I've learned is he actually does listen", Trudeau said.

Though the president is powerful, Trudeau said, American states, cities and businesses are continuing to adopt "progressive" policies on climate change and other issues even when Trump does not.

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Trudeau also praised Trump for his ability to hear differing views.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will take pointed questions about Canada-U.S. relations in the Trump era during an interview with the New York Times today. It is not like most countries where the connections happen through leaders and diplomats, the connections between Canada and the US go through the President and the Prime Minister but also through Congress, through Senators, through Governors, through Mayors, and through the industry, through people, businesses, entrepreneurs.

"I can understand the laughter", he said, "but there's a lot of politicians who have a deep vested interest in being right all the time. What I've found from this president is: he will listen to arguments made, he will look at the ensemble of facts and proposals ... he will be open to shifting his position". "We have a lot of hard work ahead, and it is to all of our benefit that Indigenous Peoples be given a lead role in shaping the future of this country".

Tories have helped ensure that US officials in different parts of the administration understand Canada is united, even if they are hearing many different voices, he said.

Trudeau, who has used former prime minster Brian Mulroney as an adviser on handling Trump and the US government, praised the opposition Conservatives as "thoughtful" and "very helpful" on the USA file.

Canada's Trudeau: Trump Listens But Twitter Puts a 'Wrinkle' in Diplomacy