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'I was hoping I wouldn't be asked that question': Donald says he was surprised at how many times donned black face makeup as president weighs in on Canadian prime minister's scandal Donald said he was 'surprised' at the number of times has donned blackface but admitted he was hoping he would not get asked about it 'I was hoping I wouldn't be asked that question,' he said. 'I'm surprised and I was more surprised when I saw the number of times' 'I’ve always had a good relationship with Justin,' he added. 'I just don't know what to tell you. I was surprised by it, actually' and Trudeau started off with a contentious relationship but have bonded over Trudeau's support for 's new USMCA trade deal Trudeau has been plagued by scandal after photos showed him wearing racially offensive black-face makeup in his younger days He has apologized and is pushing for re-election in the October 21 vote 

By Emily Goodin, U.s. Politcal Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 16:49 BST, 20 September 2019 | Updated: 16:49 BST, 20 September 2019

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Donald said on Friday he was 'surprised' at the number of times has donned blackface but admitted he hoped he would not get asked about the Canadian prime minister.

'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.

Donald Trump said he was 'surprised' at the number of times Justin Trudeau has donned blackface

Donald said he was 'surprised' at the number of times has donned blackface

Justin Trudeau remains dogged by the scandal but was back on the campaign trail Friday

remains dogged by the scandal but was back on the campaign trail Friday 

, 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 's presidency and are political opposites - 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.

The two leaders fought over 's decision to raise steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada - a fight that accumulated in leaving the June 2018 G7 meeting in

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