Americans continue to view Canada as America’s close friend and ally – and as a fair trading partner – even after the President Trump’s post G-7 summit criticism of that country and its Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The latest Economist/YouGov Poll also shows little public willingness to re-admit Russia into the economic group that expelled that country after its 2014 annexation of Crimea, despite President Trump’s suggestion that Russia be readmitted.
This week’s survey began on Sunday, after the President tweeted his criticisms of Trudeau and rejected the joint statement the seven countries had accepted. It was completed before most of America awoke to the results of the summit between the US President and Kim Jung-un the North Korean leader.
Americans heard the criticism the President had of Canada but were not affected. The vast majority sees Canada as an ally or friend, just as they did last week. But the number saying President Trump sees Canada that way has slipped.