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Friday, November 22, 2002

Chretien Rejects Aide Resignation After "moron" Comment

I have, as they say in official circles, no comment to make on this:

Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien said on Friday he had rejected an offer by his chief spokeswoman to resign after she was quoted as calling U.S. President George W. Bush a moron. The reported remarks by Francoise Ducros, made during a NATO summit in Prague, made headlines in Canada and the United States and prompted demands from Canadian opposition politicians that she be fired. Chretien told journalists that no one in the U.S. delegation had made reference to the comments during several meetings this week at the summit and he joked that Ducros uses the word "moron" regularly.
Source: Reuters News

Subsequently Chretien is quoted as saying that Bush was "not a moron at all, he's a friend". Again, no comment.

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