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OTTAWA — Jean Chretien says Donald Trump is “unspeakable” and his rise to the U.S. presidency heralds the decline of the American empire.
Chretien unleashes that unflattering opinion of Trump in a brand new e book of anecdotes from his 10 years as Canada’s prime minister.
Although it’s entitled “My Stories, My Times,” Chretien, who retired from politics in 2003 after profitable three majority mandates, doesn’t shrink back from opining on present occasions — most notably on Trump.
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In the preface, Chretien says writing the e book over the previous yr helped him get better his serenity when he obtained “tired of observing the surrealist vagaries of President Trump and of listening to his nonsense.”
“It’s been very sad to observe the monumental error our neighbours to the south made in November 2016,” he writes in a later chapter, during which he recounts pleased instances he and his spouse, Aline, have spent with former U.S. president Bill Clinton and his spouse, Hillary, who was defeated by Trump.
“I fear that Hillary’s defeat, and the arrival of the fanatical Trump, mark the true end of the American Empire. You can understand why Aline and I are so happy to have the Clintons as friends, and almost as proud to be removed as far as possible from the unspeakable Donald Trump.”
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — conscious that it doesn’t take a lot to set off the mercurial president, who is just not above threatening to wreak financial “ruination” on Canada — has all the time been very guarded in talking about Trump. But Chretien, now 84 and nonetheless lively as a lawyer with Dentons, is just not so constrained.
In an interview about his new e book, Chretien elaborated on his view that the American empire is on the decline.
“You know, you see the emergence of the Chinese and the decline of America,” he advised The Canadian Press.
“When I’m travelling the world, I feel that their influence is going down very rapidly.”
Chretien stated the protectionist, America-first Trump administration is making an attempt to interrupt the worldwide order “that has created prosperity around the world since the (1940s)” and is inflicting concern amongst conventional allies because the U.S. withdraws from the Iran denuclearization settlement, amongst different worldwide pacts.
“If you want to be in isolation, that’s fine. But you have less influence.”
The rise and eventual fall of superpowers is pure and inevitable, Chretien added.
“You know, empires disappear. A lot of people are nostalgic about the British empire. A lot of people in France still dream of Napoleon; he’s dead since a long time. Life is like that.”
Chretien additionally weighed in on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has renamed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The 14 months of tortuous negotiations and repeated threats by Trump to tear up NAFTA and impose ruinous auto tariffs on Canada turned out to be “a lot of talk for nothing,” he stated.
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“He changed the name and not much else,” Chretien stated, including that the NAFTA companions made “a little bit of an adjustment but basically we still have a free trade agreement with them that will work about the same way that it was working before.”
In the e book, Chretien says final yr’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., “exposed to us the true face of Donald Trump.”
The rally was staged ostensibly to protest the removing of Confederate symbols however white nationalists and different far-right extremists chanted racist and anti-Semitic slogans and carried weapons and Nazi symbols. Violent clashes with counter-protesters erupted, leaving one lady useless.
Trump refused to explicitly denounce the white supremacists, selecting as an alternative to sentence hatred and bigotry “on many sides” and claiming that there have been “very fine people on both sides” of the clashes.
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While Chretien writes that no nation is proof against “backsliding where social values are concerned” and Canada should stay vigilant, he stated within the interview that Canada has prevented the type of polarization plaguing the U.S. as a result of “we have much better institutions.”
For instance, he pointed to the closely politicized appointment course of for judges within the U.S., the place the latest affirmation of Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh grew to become a circus amid accusations of sexual misconduct when he was a young person. The judicial system in Canada has remained largely untouched by politicization.
“I never knew if the chief justice voted for me and I never asked her,” Chretien stated, referring Beverley McLachlin whom he named chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2000. She retired final December.
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