Trump Shows Trudeau How It’s Done In India

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on February 25, 2020

Donald Trump is currently touring around India, and has been given a near royal treatment by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. This is a major contrast to the way Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was treated when he visited the country back in 2018.

Trudeau running around India like an unashamed tourist compared to Trump entering the country like an actual world leader who commands the respect his office entails is particularly staggering for Canadians to witness.

Just looking at the video clips and photos of Trudeau in India one could not realize the man held any sort of important position, let alone the leader of a major country. He came across as self-focused, and ignorant of the importance of his office.

Maybe I am wrong, but I don’t think any politician should dress in traditional clothing of the places they visit nor get distracted touring with family like a woke-multicultural hipster instead of conducting business. You are in India to represent Canada, please just do that without all of the theatrics. 

On top of Trudeau’s own foolish behaviour, dragging down the image of Canada, artificially draping himself in the culture of another nation, he also managed to gravely disrespect the Indian people and government. 

Trudeau brought Jaspal Atwal with him, a Khalistani separatist and terrorist responsible for the multiple attempted assassination of Indian ministers, and countless other crimes including making death threats which he was just arrested again for recently. 

Trudeau’s Principal Secretary at the time of the trip, Gerald Butts, couldn’t even accept the bad image Trudeau had put forward in India and later blamed PM Modi for trying to “screw” with the trip. Very classy move.

Trump on the other hand, despite also being image obsessed and also having the habit of bringing himself unneeded attention, would never dream of debasing himself or his host country on a foreign relations trip.

India obviously appreciates Trump bringing an air of importance to his trip, unlike Trudeau, Trump actually looks and acts like a leader of a country when he goes overseas.

It seems minor, but the leaders of other countries would like to be photographed and seen speaking with people who look and behave like important individuals.

There was little shock that Modi had not wanted to see Trudeau on his trip back in 2018, and only begrudgingly appeared with Trudeau after much urging. There was only downside to being seen next to someone who exudes a sense of immaturity. 

With Trump, Modi rolled out the red carpet. Prime Minister Modi literally had slums walled off which he did not wish for Trump to see while in India. Modi clearly regards Trump as someone to try and gain the respect of, regardless of how callous a move covering up your countries poverty is, it shows Trump wields social power. 

Trump even had an entire stadium, which could hold up to 100,000, reserved for a rally between himself and Prime Minister Modi, filled to capacity. In contrast Modi only showed up to see Trudeau at the very bitter end of the India trip, to save Trudeau’s trip from total disaster.

Like or hate Trump the man does have a lot of experience with public relations and image building from his days as a major business figure and television personality. 

Trudeau could learn a thing or two from Trump, at the very least how to reflect the importance that being the leader of a major nation tends to entail.


Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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