The Rebel is here in Washington, D.C. to follow Justin Trudeau as he visits Donald Trump for a brief visit at the White House.
We had to come all the way down to the States to pick up our press credentials because the Canadian press gallery refuses to recognize us at the House of Commons.
Trudeau's had a hard go of it in the States. The Prime Minister flew into Washington D.C. last night and not only did President Donald Trump not bother showing up, neither did Vice President Mike Pence. In fact, Justin Trudeau's official itinerary only mentions that he met with the Canadian Ambassador to the United States yesterday evening.
It's becoming a reoccurring event. Indian Prime Minister Modi usually greets world leaders on the tarmac with a bear hug. It's classic picture perfect moment, but Justin Trudeau didn't get one. Trudeau is the world leader that nobody seems to want to spend any time with.
Embarrassed? Well it gets worse. If being snubbed on the tarmac wasn't enough, can you guess how much time the President of the United States carved out for Trudeau?
Eighty minutes. Trudeau arrives to the White House at 12:05pm, and leaves shortly thereafter.
The price to pay for having a leader as unliked as Trudeau is steep. What international issue, let alone the cacophony of issues that Canada and the United States share with China and Mexico, can be solved in 80 minutes?
Remember when Trudeau announced that “Canada is back?”
I want off this train.