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Trump Vs Trudeau: North American leaders’ different approach to pandemic crisis

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Amid surging Coronavirus infected cases in the United States, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met his American counterpart Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday to celebrate the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal. However, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided to skip the informal meeting, citing the risks related to pandemic transmission.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Justin Trudeau made a rare public remark asserting that Canada has handled the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak better than its allies including the US. Significantly, the COVID-19 data is also favouring Trudeau’s comments as the number of virus-infected cases in the US surpassed more than 3 million cases and 131,000 deaths on Wednesday.

At the same time, authorities are fearing alarming upswings of daily caseloads in several parts of the US as the country gradually resumes its economic activities after weeks of lockdown. On the other hand, the Canadian PM declared that the number of infected cases, hospitalizations, and COVID-19 deaths are declining in the country.

It is important to note that the Canadian response to the pandemic has proved effective in containing the virus as compared to its North American ally where the health crisis is deteriorating the system.

Interestingly, at a time when Donald Trump has focused his attention on attacking China and WHO over the Coronavirus outbreak and addressing rallies for the US Presidential elections across several parts of the country, Justin Trudeau has diverted his time to the domestic response against the pandemic crisis.

While Trudeau has maintained friendly relations with Trump over the span of his tenure, his decision to skip the meeting has come in view of the increasing cases in the US. A trip to the US would have put the Canadian Prime Minister at risk of violating those precautionary rules and regulations which he has been extensively promoting in his own country.

As discussions over the reopening of the US-Canada border continue, a recent survey has suggested that 81% of Canadians want the border to remain closed even after July 21 amid concerns over surging COVID-19 cases in America.

US President Donald Trump, on the other hand, has been following a more ignorant approach towards the pandemic crisis. In spite of the spike in infected cases, he has been travelling across the US, addressing rallies and meeting people. While doing all these public events, the US President has been violating possibly allpreventive measures to curb the spread of the virus, including forgetting to wear a face mask. Justin Trudeau, on the other hand, has been seen wearing a face mask every time he is spotted in public.

Trump addressed a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in late June which attracted thousands of visitors and simultaneous protests. According to recent media reports, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart has stated that Trump’s rally might have contributed to a big rise in new COVID-19 cases in the area.

Evidently, both the North American leaders responded to the global health crisis differently. While infected cases are rising every day in the US, Canada is witnessing a decrease in the daily case numbers.

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