Trudeau says Americans should pay more attention to the world


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians would appreciate it if Americans paid more attention to what is going on around the globe.

Trudeau said in a “60 Minutes” interview to be aired Sunday that “it might be nice if they paid a little more attention to the world.”

Trudeau, elected in October, made the remarks after being asked what Canadians don’t like about the U.S.

“Having a little more of an awareness of what’s going on in the rest of the world, I think is, is what many Canadians would hope for Americans,” he said in a transcript released to The Associated Press on Thursday.

The “60 Minutes” profile of Trudeau will air just days before he travels to the White House for a state visit.

Trudeau said Canadians must be aware of at least one other country, the United States, because of its importance.

“I think we sometimes like to think that, you know, Americans will pay attention to us from time to time, too,” he said.

He also seemed to take a jab at an unnamed U.S. presidential candidate whose rise he attributed to Americans’ lack of knowledge of foreign affairs.

A spokeswoman for Trudeau said she didn’t immediately know what candidate Trudeau was referring to.

  • cspanjunkie

    Wonderful. The Justin Bieber of international politics wants to be relevant to the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Main Street America.

    • zer0_0zor0

      Beiber is an American creation.

      • cspanjunkie

        No doubt, in your mind, he’s a creation of the CIA. Actually, he was spawned in Canada, slithered across the border, attached to and subsisted on bat cave guano that was later picked up on the tire of a passing Jeep Wrangler and deposited on the hot pavement of Sepulveda Blvd. If you allow him to enter Japan he will infect and destroy your beautiful cherry trees.

  • zer0_0zor0

    What world?

  • Lee

    Trudeau didn’t say “should”. That headline colours his answer and the story.