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WATCH: Canadian PM Trudeau pauses for more than 20 seconds when asked about Trump

Published Jun 3, 2020

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Ottawa -  Canada's Prime Minister Justin

Trudeau, when asked about U.S. President Donald Trump possibly

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calling in the military to quell protests, paused for more than 20 seconds before responding that Canadians were

observing events in the U.S. with horror.

"We all watch in horror and consternation what's going on in

the United States," Trudeau said on Tuesday at a daily news

briefing, after a reporter pressed him on Trump's idea of using

soldiers against protesters.

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The reporter also sought comment on the tear-gassing of US protesters on Monday "to make way for a presidential photo op."

"It is a time to pull people together," Trudeau said. "It is

a time to listen, to learn what injustices continue despite

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progress over years and decades."

Trudeau talked about the need to fight racism in Canada, as

he has been doing since the killing of George Floyd in

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Minneapolis last week sparked US protests.

When a reporter asked for further comment on Trump's words

and actions, Trudeau said: "My job as a Canadian prime minister

is to stand up for Canadians."

Trudeau has long spoken about the need to end racism, but

his re-election campaign was almost derailed last September

after pictures of him in blackface from years earlier emerged.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, a former reporter,

separately defended the work of American journalists who have

been targeted by both police and protesters.

On Saturday in Minneapolis, Reuters journalist Julio-Cesar

Chavez and Reuters security adviser Rodney Seward were struck

and injured by rubber bullets.

"Journalists are not the enemies of the people; journalists

serve the people," she said at a news conference.

Trump has frequently attacked the media in the past,

including tweeting in April last year that the press is "truly

the enemy of the people."

Reuters

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