Justin Trudeau is brave and powerful enough to elbow his political opponents in the chest.
But if you think this makes him a man who plays hardball and delivers on his threats, you would be wrong.
The woke feminist super-bae Prime Minister of Canada yesterday backed down in a game of PR brinkmanship with EU officials who are ruining his landmark trade deal.
The hunky leader had threatened to cancel a trip to Brussels on Thursday to sign the CETA trade pact if Europe failed to get its act together. The accord is being held up by angry Belgians in French-speaking Wallonia, who won’t ratify it.
Trudeau and his officials presumably hoped that the threat of missing out on a photo op with the sexiest damn politician on the planet would terrify the EU into agreeing the deal.
But even Trudeau’s rippling pecs and on-point yoga poses couldn’t focus their minds… so he decided to give up and agree to go anyway.
Despite repeated promptings from Heat Street after the self-imposed deadline had passed, Trudeau’s office refused to say whether the trip was on or not.
.@JustinTrudeau pls tell your press guys to pick up the phone I need to talk to you
— Kieran Corcoran (@kj_corcoran) October 24, 2016
But later he tweeted this, making clear he hasn’t cancelled, and the Thursday deadline is still alive:
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 24, 2016
A source later added that, at least for now, Trudeau has backed down and is happy to skulk along to do Brussels’ bidding whenever they’re ready.