Sorry, Canada: It’s him, not us

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

As an Amer­i­can I feel I owe Cana­di­ans an apol­ogy after the un­con­scionable ac­tions by our pres­i­dent at the re­cent eco­nomic sum­mit.

From the un­truth­ful claims about abuses by Canada and other al­lies to the false charges made against Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau by Don­ald Trump and his ad­vis­ers, the U.S. pres­i­dent has em­bar­rassed me and the many Amer­i­cans who value truth and de­cency.

Our pres­i­dent seems in­tent on re­defin­ing the mean­ing of a term coined by a pre­vi­ous and much bet­ter pres­i­dent, Theodore Roo­sevelt. Teddy was fond of us­ing the bully pul­pit of the pres­i­dency as a way to pro­mote many good things. Trump uses his bully pul­pit in very dif­fer­ent ways.

I hope this pres­i­dent will leave the of­fice sooner rather than later so that we can un­der­take the work of re­build­ing great re­la­tions with the good peo­ple of Canada.

And we must all hope that Cana­di­ans will not per­mit one par­tic­u­larly ugly Amer­i­can to do se­ri­ous dam­age to what a large ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans know to be a par- tic­u­larly im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional re­la­tion­ship.

Jim Stiles, St. Al­bans, Vt.

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