Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday hesitated for 20 seconds before answering a question about President Donald Trump’s handling of protests gripping the United States.
Trudeau’s long silence came when a reporter asked him to comment on Trump’s threat to use the armed forces to quell violence.
When he eventually spoke, the Canadian leader avoided directly referring to Trump’s response to the protests or even naming him.
“It is a time to pull people together, but it is a time to listen, it is a time to learn what injustices continue despite progress over years and decades,” he added, saying that his country must also address discrimination.
Trump on Monday threatened to deploy the military if governors fail to quickly quell the violence and “dominate” the protests.
He also had federal forces use tear gas on hundreds of protesters outside the White House so that he could walk across a park for a photo op.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)