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He then interrupted her and said: "We like to say peoplekind, not necessarily mankind, because it's more inclusive".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came under fire on Tuesday for telling a woman to use the word "peoplekind" after she had used the word "mankind".

While in Ottawa, Trudeau told media that the comment was just a "dumb joke", which seems to have gone viral.

"It played well in the room and in context".

This prompted Mr Trudeau to ask the student to use the term "peoplekind" instead of mankind.

Advertisment Speaking at a series of public town halls, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau adopted a tougher stance on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks taking place between Canada, the USA and Mexico, saying that the Canadian government isn't going to "take any old deal", and adding that "Canada is willing to walk away from NAFTA".


"Out of context it doesn't play so well, and it's a little reminder that I shouldn't be making jokes even when I think they're amusing". Trudeau heads to Europe this week for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 summits, where global leaders are trying to figure out exactly how the world works now that U.S. President Donald Trump is at the table. British media personality Piers Morgan also wrote about the remark, sarcastically saying, "Mankind ended last night".

Some comical memes included "Justin Trudeau Takes Peoplehattan", "Justin, watch out for the Peoplehole" and "Peopledarin organges".

The Opposition Conservatives also got in a few jabs, with deputy Tory leader Lisa Raitt urging the prime minister to "person up" during a testy exchange in the House of Commons.

The show is known to be among Trump's favourites, and he often posts tweets in direct response to what they are reporting.

He begins his trip in Chicago, where he's expected to promote the benefits of progressive trade in front of university students.


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