Trudeau welcomes refugees to Canada as Trump slams the door
The response to President Trump’s executive order to ban all people of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the US has been swift on social media and at airports across the US.
While British Prime Minister, Theresa May refused to condemn the immigration ban, Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to set himself apart from his American counterpart.
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017
The tweet is a continuation of Trudeau’s proven track record on refugees. Since Trudeau’s Liberal Party took power in late 2015, Canada has welcomed over 39,000 people from war-torn Syria and Iraq. This compares with the US’ disproportionate total of just over 22,000 for 2016, despite having a population ten times the size of Canada.
The Canadian PM’s stance has gained support on social media from people all over the world
— Jen Ivette (@ivette_jen) January 29, 2017
— Jennifer Close (@jennaleigh20) January 29, 2017
— Ryan Vásquez (@ryvasq) January 29, 2017
Some have even asked him to take over from Trump:
@JustinTrudeau wanna come run the USA?
— justin lew block (@JBlock49) January 28, 2017
— Maria Langer ? (@mlanger) January 28, 2017
Not everyone was happy with his response:
— Monica (@monica_barona) January 28, 2017
There is much at stake for the Prime Minister in making this very public rebuttal to President Trump, as the pair will be renegotiating vital trade links between the two nations. Something like this is likely to get under the President’s notoriously thin skin.
Despite the risky stance, Canadians appear to be behind their leader.
— chelle (@chelleatlarge) January 28, 2017
— Ariane Bellamar (@ArianeBellamar) January 28, 2017