Trudeau calls for Americans to pay more attention to world

Canadians would be appreciative if Americans had more awareness of global issues, says Canadian prime minister

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

This file photo taken on November 29, 2015 shows Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he speaks to journalists in Paris.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians would appreciate it if Americans paid more attention to what's going on around the globe.

Trudeau said in a "60 Minutes" interview to be aired Sunday that "it might be nice if they paid a little more attention to the world."

Trudeau made the remarks after “What Canadians don’t like about the US?” question was asked, during the interview to be aired on Sunday.

"Having a little more of an awareness of what's going on in the rest of the world, I think is, is what many Canadians would hope for Americans," he said in a transcript released to The Associated Press on Thursday.

Trudeau remarked that Canadians must be aware of at least one other country, the United States, because of its importance.

"I think we sometimes like to think that, you know, Americans will pay attention to us from time to time, too," he said.

The “60 Minutes” profile of Trudeau will air just days before he travels to the White House for a state visit.

He also seemed to take a jab at an unnamed US presidential candidate whose rise he attributed to Americans' lack of knowledge of foreign affairs.

A spokeswoman for Trudeau said she didn't immediately know what candidate Trudeau was referring to.

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