On Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that Trump is a truly unique political because he listens, “unlike many politicians.” He went on to say that the U.S. president actually takes the time to listen and is open to changing his mind if he sees fit.
Trudeau also said about Trump, “I’ve learned that he listens. He is a little bit unlike many politicians.” The Canadian Prime Minister said that the average politician is “very much trained to take a position and stick with it.” He said that it seems as though Trump is willing to change his mind about certain issues if he presented with new facts or information that goes against his initial viewpoint.
To the surprise of some, Trudeau also said “I think there is a challenge in that for electors, but there’s also an opportunity in that for people who engage with him to try and work to achieve a beneficial outcome.”
Trudeau paid a visit to President Trump at the Whitehouse back in February, which highlighted the huge differences in opinion over immigration between the two leaders. Historically, Trump has taken a harsher and perhaps stricter stance on immigration than Trudeau, though they were still able to have a productive and civil meeting.
It is widely known that Trump plans on building “the wall” separating the U.S. and Mexico, whereas Trudeau believes that it isn’t a very good idea for a number of reasons. The Canadian Prime Minister has also expressed his disapproval over the “Muslim ban” earlier this year.
Trudeau spoke about openness and welcoming new citizens into Canada, whether from the U.S. or different countries around the world. Trudeau’s kind words about Trump came as a bit of a shock to many people.