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‘He’s so cute’: Canadian PM Trudeau whisked away from adoring mob

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to be whisked away from a summit by police bodyguards on Thursday as hundreds of excited journalists and staff swarmed around him in a bid to take photos and say hello.

world Updated: Nov 19, 2015 18:55 IST
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau smiles at fans after speaking at a news conference at the end of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau smiles at fans after speaking at a news conference at the end of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila(REUTERS)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to be whisked away from a summit by police bodyguards on Thursday as hundreds of excited journalists and staff swarmed around him in a bid to take photos and say hello.

Trudeau, a charismatic young politician who won Canada’s election last month promising “sunny ways” and respect, has generated rock star-like enthusiasm this week during meetings in Turkey and Manila.

As he left a news conference at the end of an Asia-Pacific summit, dozens of mainly young local reporters and conference staff gathered around him in a hallway.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) shakes hands with fans after speaking at a news conference at the end of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila. (REUTERS)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is surrounded by admirers as he leaves the International Media Centre following a press conference at the close of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila. (AP)

Trudeau initially smiled and waved and shook a few hands but the crowd suddenly grew larger and he was soon surrounded by a couple of hundred people taking pictures and shouting his name.

“He held my hand!” shrieked one woman. Another woman broke away, looking close to collapse.

The Prime Minister started to look nervous and his bodyguards formed a tight group and rushed him out of the conference centre, shutting the doors behind them.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) is surrounded by press and volunteers as he leaves after a press conference at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila (AFP)

“Things got out of hand. But we expected it because he is one of the best-looking delegates,” said security officer Rico Mojica, who asked a friend to take a video of Trudeau while he tried to pacify the crowd.

Trudeau escaped unscathed and waved to a few more people before climbing into his official limousine and driving off.

“He’s so cute - and very intelligent,” gushed local reporter Katherine Imson when asked why she had joined the crowd.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is surrounded by admirers as he leaves the International Media Centre following a press conference at the close of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila. (AP)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is surrounded by admirers as he leaves the International Media Centre following a press conference at the close of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila. (AP)

Trudeau is the son of former Liberal prime minister Pierre Trudeau and has been in the public eye all his life.

At the news conference a few minutes earlier, asked about the public adulation he generated, Trudeau said he had long learned how to ignore people’s perceptions of him.

“There were a lot of people who liked my father and liked me for reasons that were entirely unrelated to who I actually was and I had to learn to set aside positive impressions that were not grounded in reality,” he said.