Trump snubs Trudeau, says he's too busy to meet him even though he finds time to hold private talks with British, French counterparts
Despite having over five hours of free time on his schedule, US President Donald Trump could not accommodate Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at UN on Monday
President Donald Trump snubbed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday while setting aside time for talks with the British prime minister, the French president and the Egyptian president and said he would not be able to meet Trudeau because of "compressed schedule."
The Canada and US leaders had a falling out last June after the G7 summit in Charlevoix over Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminium. Trudeau, shortly after the summit, had held a press conference and slammed Trump's tariffs when the Republican was on his way to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore for a summit.
"I highlighted directly to the president that Canadians did not take it lightly that the United States has moved forward with significant tariffs. Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we will also not be pushed around," Trudeau had said at the time. Trump, in response, had called Trudeau "very dishonest & weak" in a tweet.
The Canadian prime minister is scheduled to deliver a speech on Foreign Relations at the council in New York City on Tuesday morning, right before President Trump's UN remarks, according to reports.
Despite multiple meetings scheduled with world leaders, Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, said that a meeting with Trudeau can not be accommodated.
"The president's schedule is very compressed this year in New York, so there were a lot of requests and a lot of desires by the president to have bilaterals that simply couldn't be accommodated," Bolton said.
"And it's always possible here in New York that they would have time for a pull aside, as we call it, but there is full and open and complete communication between Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump, that I can assure you," he added.
Bolton, at an earlier White House press briefing, had said that President Trump "speaks with Prime Minister Trudeau by phone all the time," according to the Daily Mail.
Reports state that the reason why Trump could not accommodate Trudeau on Monday despite having over five hours of free time on his schedule in New York was not stated by his adminstration officials.