The Trump administration is staying neutral in the ongoing diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia, two major nominal U.S. allies, according to a statement by State Department Press Secretary Heather Nauert.
“Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together,” she said. “We can’t do it for them.”
It served as a clear rejection of Canada’s desire for the United States to pressure the Saudi Kingdom into backing down. Having failed, Canada is now seeking support from the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
The spat began when Canada demanded that Saudi Arabia release two feminist activists on human rights grounds. This provoked a scathing response from the Saudis, who rebuked Canada for interference in internal Saudi affairs, expelled the Canadian Ambassador to Riyadh, and cut off trade between the two countries.
The Canadian demands appear somewhat hypocritical, given that the repressive governing regime led by dynastic elite Justin Trudeau has a less than stellar human rights record itself. Christians are routinely arrested and charged for simply expressing widely held religious views such as support for life and for traditional lifestyles.
Trudeau has also frequently antagonized Trump, leading the U.S. President to accurately describe the Canadian ruler as “weak and dishonest”. In recent months alone, Canada has strongly condemned Trump’s policies towards illegal aliens, accused the United States of “disparaging” conduct, openly mocked U.S. requests for Canada to meet its NATO defense obligations, and boycotted American goods. Trudeau has even aligned with the anti-Trump “resistance” rebel movement, tacitly criticizing the President in a speech delivered on U.S. soil. With this record, it is little surprise that Trump has left the Canadians to fend for themselves.
Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, appears to have worked productively with Trump, hailing him as a “true friend”. In previous months, it has arrested radical Islamic clerics, ramped up oil production, invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the struggling Rust Belt region, and defended the U.S. travel ban on citizens of 8 Muslim-majority countries. Being a skilled negotiator, Trump naturally wishes to reward nations that help America and distance himself from states that to seek to antagonize us, such as the Canadian regime.
Canada is becoming increasingly isolated as it continues to pursue belligerent policies towards previously friendly nations. With an election coming up in Canada next year and public support for Trudeau tanking, Americans and Saudis alike can unite behind the need for regime change.