CBC News’ Rosemary Barton shares the basic concern of Canadians with the new Trump Administration.
Half a world away from the festivities and protests taking place in the United States of America, the former Canadian prime minister managed to hit the nail on the head.
“The U.S. under [Donald] Trump will focus squarely on America’s vital interests, narrowly defined, especially its economic interests. This does not mean the U.S. will be unwilling to work with friends and allies, but only when such friends and allies are only ready to bring real assets to the table,” Stephen Harper told a forum in New Delhi, India.
Don’t take just Harper’s word for it.
The supporters who have descended on Washington this week trumpet that view. A town that embodies the very establishment they fought against, they have now claimed as their own. Hundreds of them are walking proudly down Pennsylvania Avenue clad in red ball caps with the words “Make America Great Again.”
Time and again Trump supporters talked about what they wanted for America: jobs, fewer regulations, more for the people who live here. The “already” was implied.
“We have to stop being a hotel for the world,” one man said while pulling a last drag on his cigarette. His 17-year-old daughter, who didn’t vote, but would have chosen Trump, stood by nodding in agreement.