President Donald Trump faced questions about his rejection of Syrian refugees while standing next to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trump banned Syrian refugees with an executive order last month. Trudeau feels differently and has had open arms, literally, for refugees fleeing the ongoing Syrian conflict.
Trudeau and Trump were asked about their stances on Syrian refugees during a joint press conference in Washington, DC on Monday, February 13.
A reporter asked Trump if he felt that the northern border of the United States was safe given that Trudeau was allowing so many Syrian refugees into the country.
Trump, characteristically, gave a rambling response that did not actually answer the question.
Instead of talking about Syrian refugees, Trump about talked criminals in the United States.
The president said you can "never be totally confident" of a border's safety, but new Secretary for Homeland Security General John Kelly is doing a "great job" getting criminals out of the country.
Trump says "criminals" with "a tremendous track record of abuse and problems" are getting taken out of the United States.
Presumably he's talking about immigrants (and, likely, illegal immigrants) with criminal records who come to the country — that was a talking point of us during the election — but as he never actually clarified that, I'm not totally sure.
And, no, I'm not sure what this has to do with Syrian refugees, either.
Then Trump makes his pivot to winning the election.
He says (and, no, there's no further transition from what I'm writing here, he just jumps into this),
Trudeau was later asked what he thought of Trump's refugee ban.
The Canadian prime minister said although the United States and Canada have had a strong relationship for a long time, "there have been times where we have differed in our approaches."
He went on to say,
Meanwhile, immigrants living in the United States have been fleeing across the northern border to Canada, seeking refugee status as they fear the state of their lives under Trump.