Trudeau wise to hold fire over Trumps trade tirade: Hbert

Trudeau wise to hold fire over Trumps trade tirade: Hbert

In the big picture, the world is probably having a decent week when Donald Trump turns his rhetorical guns on Canada rather than on North Korea or Russia. On the scale of a nuclear showdown, the stakes involved in a Canada/U.S. milk war are — to put it mildly — in a different league.But even in the name of offering the international community a much needed, albeit brief, respite from more lethal presidential musings, it is no laughing matter for Canada to find that, despite its best efforts, it has become Trump’s latest punching bag.In that spirit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wisely resisted the temptation to throw in a few jokes about his up-and-down relationship with Trump as he hosted the annual Public Policy Forum dinner in Toronto on Thursday evening.Those in the standing-room-only crowd of policy wonks, political junkies and lobbyists of every persuasion who had hoped to glean some insights into the prime minister’s mindset went home empty-handed.But that did not prevent Trump in absentia from being the elephant in the room.Article Continued BelowJust a few hours earlier, the president had fired the second of two verbal missiles at Canada’s trade arrangements with the U.S.The first had come earlier in the week when Trump agreed with Wisconsin dairy farmers that Canadian policies were responsible for their financial woes — and promised to fix them.At the time, the optimists among Canadian Trump-watchers opined that the president had reverted to his campaign persona for a day. They predicted it would be a temporary state of affairs.

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