The broad smiles definitely don’t send a message of firmness in such a serious matter.
I can understand how Trudeau wants to maintain peace with the Iranian foreign minister in order to find answers, but there is a firm way to do that, devoid of being a total douche canoe to Iran.
According to Global News:
The meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday quickly sparked criticism online given that Iran shot down a passenger plane last month near Tehran killing all 176 on board, including 57 Canadians. Since then, it has refused to hand over the black boxes recovered from the crash site.
This man gave the permission to shoot down a plane that had your people in it. Doesn’t sound like he was too concerned about ‘impressing upon’ working with you in the first place.
#Iranian Foreign Minister @JZarif and Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau discussed bilateral relations and issues of mutual concern on the sidelines of @MunSecConf on Friday https://t.co/BXb74m0etz pic.twitter.com/e70Cd21NUq
— IRNA News Agency (@IrnaEnglish) February 14, 2020
Yeah… and with the deliberate refusal to hand over the blackboxes on top of being the cause of a deadly plane crash, I don’t think I’d have much to smile about if I were face-to-face with the Iranian foreign minister.
I wouldn’t be star-struck, I wouldn’t care if someone passed gas that was remotely funny, I wouldn’t care if the Iranian foreign minister was on top of his pun game… there’s just no real reason to be that euphoric in that moment.
That move isn’t a good look. There’s no need to brown nose the guy.
Just utilize your position in authority to get the job done and get your answers.
This is what Trudeau had to say –