Justin Trudeau's silence is deafening. As Donald Trump steamrolls the UN, Trudeau keeps his mouth shut. Michael Harris writes:
In case you missed it, Trump just tried to turn the UN General Assembly into a congregation of whores. Faced with world-wide opposition to his Jerusalem decision, Trump reverted to Goodfellas rules: If other countries dared to denounce him over a foreign policy decision that shattered the peace process and upended fifty years of global diplomacy (much of it forged by the United States), then their rebuke would come at a price.
The ‘price’ had to do with the fact that Trump seems to believe that since the United States accounts for 22 per cent of the UN’s operating budget, the General Assembly’s votes are, in effect, bought and paid for by Washington.
Donald has always acted like a Don. In his business career, he's dealt with a few. Now he is telling the world he's making it a deal it can't refuse:
Trump laid his contempt for international law, global opinion and the UN on the table for all to see with his Jerusalem call. He warned those nations voting against the rogue U.S. position — a policy that violates both international law and existing UN resolutions — that he’d be taking down names, and not for his Christmas card list.
The payback was swiftly delivered by Trump’s robot at the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki Haley. Fittingly, the news was delivered over the Christmas holidays, shortly after the U.S. was humiliated by a General Assembly vote of 128 to 9 on a motion denouncing the embassy move. Sadly, when the world was expressing its disdain of Trump’s bullying tactics, Canada was hiding under its desk.
The American mission subsequently announced that the UN’s budget would be cut by $285 million, or 5 per cent of the total. The cuts came along with threats of “further action” the U.S. might take, including cuts to foreign aid to certain disobedient countries, and further reductions in American support for the UN’s overall management and operations.
In one year Trump has destroyed his country's bona fides. By keeping his mouth shut, Justin is destroying ours. Silence means consent.
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