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Trump is a bully who thought Canada was weak. He was wrong about us | Jen Gerson

The president’s temper tantrum shows Canada can’t trust its closest ally – and we’ll go to the wall for our overpriced cheese if it becomes a point of national self-respect

It was, by all accounts, a tense conversation over trade and the economy. The US president called the Canadian prime minister an “asshole”. When the prime minister learned of it, he responded: “I’ve been called worse things by better people.”

The insult was uttered in the Oval Office in December of 1971, by Richard Nixon against Pierre Trudeau, and surely marked a low point in what has otherwise been one of the most symbiotic and friendly relationships between two neighbouring countries in modern human history.

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