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11 times Leo Varadkar really tried to be like Justin Trudeau

This will only intensify if a General Election happens.

CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER Justin Trudeau is the kind of politician who’ll rock up to work dressed as Superman for Halloween:

trudeau2 Source: Global News Facebook

No matter what he does, he has the strange propensity to go viral, like when he spontaneously ran through a crowd of high school students before their prom:

photobombed Source: @AdamScotti

photobombed2 Source: @AdamScotti


Since Leo Varadkar took over the Taoiseach’s office in June, you’d be forgiven for thinking a similar dynamic was at play.


1. Like when he was “photobombed” by a llama last week

Straight out of the Trudeau playbook.

2. He shares the Canadian’s love for colourful socks

Justin Trudeau Ireland visit Source: Kenneth O'Halloran

Justin Trudeau Ireland visit Source: Kenneth O'Halloran

3. He has a Mr Taoiseach mug on his desk

mrtaois Source: Mark Stedman/

4. Remember the photo of him packing the dishwasher in the office?

varadtrudeau Source: campaignforleo Facebook

So relatable:


Justin Trudeau Ireland visit Source: PA Wire/PA Images

6. It’s at this point we should recall that time they both jogged together

1 Leo running_90516863 Source:

And looked better than 99% of runners while doing it.

7. He’s the kind of Taoiseach that poses for photos with J1ers in Chicago – even when they don’t recognise him

8. And eats chicken nuggets at after a big speech

9. Trudeau is well-known for his use of social media – Leo has taken that on with his own weekly video address

10. It’s not all serious business at the top of government – there is time for a coordinated joke from time to time

11. This might just go into overdrive if there is an actual General Election coming up

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