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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Addresses Being Labeled The ‘Anti-Trump’

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Is Canada's Justin Trudeau the 'Anti-Trump'?
President Donald Trump listens during a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)


Canada’s been in the news regularly recently—first for a new lumber tariff the Trump administration has slapped on the country, and now because of the president’s agreement not to nix NAFTA.

And that means more time in the spotlight for Canadian Prime Minister and reigning social media darling Justin Trudeau.

Last week, Bloomberg interviewed the Canadian prime minister, and it will appear in the May 1-7, 2017, issue of Bloomberg Businessweek. Here are some of the more interesting parts:

On Trump’s proposed border tax:

“The issue facing President Trump is that he made a promise to do things that were good for the middle class. And that he was going to help people who felt like they weren’t part of the economic success of their country. Killing jobs because of thickening borders between Canada and the U.S. isn’t something that Mr. Trump is particularly interested in.”

On what Trudeau’s learned from Trump:

“I’ve learned that he listens. He is a little bit unlike many politicians. That might be enough. Leave that sentence right there. As politicians, we’re very, very much trained to say something and stick with it.”

On being called the “anti-Trump”:

“If you’re seeing a rise of populism and nationalism, it is in response to the kinds of fears that people are feeling. So my economic approach is very much to allay those fears. How are we going to help the little guy? How are we going to help people who feel left out of success?”

Read the rest of Bloomberg‘s excerpted interview with Trudeau here

Below, listen to Prime Minister Trudeau’s rebuttal of claims President Trump has made that Canada harms U.S. dairy producers.