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Trudeau says ‘it might be nice’ if Americans paid more attention to world events

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TORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians would appreciate it if Americans paid more attention to what’s going on around the globe.

Trudeau said in a 60 Minutes interview to be aired Sunday that “it might be nice if they paid a little more attention to the world.”

Trudeau, elected in October, made the remarks after being asked what Canadians don’t like about the United States.

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“Having a little more of an awareness of what’s going on in the rest of the world, I think is, is what many Canadians would hope for Americans,” he said in a full transcript released to The Associated Press.

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The 60 Minutes profile of Trudeau will air just days before he travels to the White House for a state visit.

Trudeau said Canadians must be aware of at least one other country, the United States, because of its importance.

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“I think we sometimes like to think that, you know, Americans will pay attention to us from time to time, too,” he said.

He also seemed to take a jab at an unnamed U.S. presidential candidate whose rise he attributed to Americans’ lack of knowledge of foreign affairs.

A spokeswoman for Trudeau said she didn’t immediately know what candidate Trudeau was referring to.

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The 60 Minutes interview airs Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

A promotional blurb on the CBS’s website describes Trudeau as “a scion of Canadian political royalty” from a family often compared to the Kennedys in the United States.