June 23, 2017

Trudeau on Trump: ‘He Actually Does Listen’

Ian Austen – The New York Times:

Mr. Trudeau spoke in some detail about his relationship with Mr. Trump and rejected the widespread perception that the president does not listen to opposition views, prompting laughter from some in the audience. But he argued that, at least in his experience, Mr. Trump had remained consistent.

“I have always found that whenever he has made an engagement to me or a commitment to me on the phone or in person, he followed through on that, and that is someone you can work with,” Mr. Trudeau said.

But did his commitments and engagements ever come to anything? I doubt it. Mr. Trump is a victim of whatever the last person said to him. And then there’s the next person, and the next.

The shame of it is, I have more hope and trust in the leadership of Trudeau than I do in Trump’s. Hell, I trusted more in the leadership of G. W. Bush in his final two years than I do in Trump today. At least Bush was a decent man, and I never doubted that he worked toward his vision of what was best for America, Americans, and the world every day, including weekends.

Have a great weekend. I plan on nothing more than a long, hot, sweaty walk, a really good beer at my local brewery, and a half-hour or so look at a pile of puppies. There will be photographs.

I might read a book, too. And have dinner at the home of friends.

#trudeau #trump #weekend

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