After three separate instances of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau appearing in blackface and brownface were brought to light this week, US President Donald Trump was asked to weigh in with his thoughts during a press conference at the White House on Friday.
“I was hoping I wouldn’t be asked that question…but you had to ask me that question,” he began.
“I’m surprised,” said Trump. “And I was more surprised when I saw the number of times, and I’ve always had a good relationship with Justin.”
He then repeated that is was surprised about what had occurred, before simply offering that “I just don’t know what to tell you.”
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- “I’m sorry”: Trudeau apologizes for dressing in brownface 2001
- Man in brownface photo with Trudeau not offended by costume
And while Trump may not have had a lot to say, many others, including US late-night talk show hosts had no shortage of opinions on the subject.
As part of his opening segment, “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah said the reason Trudeau has been popular in the US is because he’s been a women’s rights and environmental advocate, and he has connected with minority communities.
“But now we are learning that he may have connected with minority communities a little too much,” Noah joked.