By Emily Goodin, U.s. Politcal Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 16:49 BST, 20 September 2019 | Updated: 16:49 BST, 20 September 2019
'I was hoping I wouldn't be asked that question,' the president said to the reporters in the Oval Office. 'I'm surprised and I was more surprised when I saw the number of times.'
At least three photos of Trudeau in the offensive makeup have appeared and prime minister has dodged questions about how many times he has donned it.
Justin Trudeau remains dogged by the scandal but was back on the campaign trail Friday
Trump, meanwhile, said he and Trudeau have always gotten along.
'I’ve always had a good relationship with Justin,' he said. 'I just don't know what to tell you. I was surprised by it, actually.'
However, the two men bickered early in Trump's presidency and are political opposites - Trump is an older conservative who pushes for an isolationist foreign policy while Trudeau came into office as a young liberal star on the world stage who was a strong advocate for multiculturalism.