Trump says of Trudeau: 'Justin is doing a spectacular job'
Hamburg - The Globe and Mail (includes correction)
Originally published Saturday, Jul. 08, 2017 7:16AM EDT
Last updated Monday, Jul. 10, 2017 9:37AM EDT
U.S. President Donald Trump and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talk ahead of panel discussion titled 'Launch Event Women's Entrepreneur Finance Initiative' on the second day of the G20 summit on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Leaders of the G20 group of nations are meeting for the July 7-8 summit. Topics high on the agenda for the summit include climate policy and development programs for African economies (/Globe and Mail Update)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has won a rousing endorsement at the Group of 20 summit from an unlikely source: Donald Trump.
The U.S. President heaped praise on Mr. Trudeau during an event marking the establishment of a $200-million fund managed by the World Bank to help female entrepreneurs. Mr. Trudeau announced on Saturday that Canada is contributing $20-million to the program.
“We have a great neighbour in Canada and Justin is doing a spectacular job in Canada,” Mr. Trump said as he began his remarks. “Everybody loves him and they love him for a reason. So congratulations on the job you are doing.”
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Mr. Trudeau has enjoyed celebrity status at the G20. He’s been profiled in two German newspapers, won cheers at a rock concert that opened the G20 and received a string of compliments from assorted leaders.
“For the Canadians, you are all so lucky to have this man as prime minister. He has brought an incredible breath of fresh air, directness, commitment to the issues,” gushed World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Mr. Trudeau’s interventions during a discussion on terrorism saying, “I’d also like to express my happiness in your interventions in the sessions we just had. The wavelength was the same, yours and mine.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also offered some praise, telling other leaders during one session to consult Mr. Trudeau if they needed help figuring out how to use their headsets and microphones. “Just ask Justin, Justin can show you,” Ms. Merkel told the leaders.