Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, slammed the U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest steel and aluminium tariff policies, calling it is ‘insulting and unacceptable’ to say Canada, an old ally, is a national security threat to the United States.
Trudeau pushed back against the White House claim that this new policy was for in the best security interest of the U.S.
Trudeau told a media outlet that:
‘The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable.’
He told that he was unaware of what Trump wanted from him by setting up this new tariff policy. There has been an exchange of heated words between Canadian PM, Trump and the WH administration since the announcement of the new policy, which has sparked fears of an international trade war. He also emphasized the long partnership of the two nations.
‘The idea that, you know, our soldiers who had fought and died together on the beaches of World War II on the – and the mountains of Afghanistan and have stood shoulder to shoulder in some of the most difficult places in the world, that are always there for each other, somehow – this is insulting to them,‘ he added, ‘The idea that the Canadian steel that’s in military, military vehicles in the United States, the Canadian aluminium that makes your, your fighter jets is somehow now a threat?‘
On Friday, Trump imposed a hefty tariff of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium that are imported from the EU and Canada, by calling it a matter of national security. Justin Trudeau rebutted that argument by claiming how the two nations are in a partnership which is created by necessity. He told:
‘There are no two countries that are as interconnected, interdependent. You sell more things to us every year than to UK, Japan, and China combined.’ He also claimed that this decision will hurt U.S. jobs and Canadian jobs as well. He also retaliated by imposing tariffs on $12.8 billion worth of U.S. goods, including metals, toilet paper, mayonnaise and handkerchiefs. EU is also planning to retaliate the same way.
Larry Kudlow, White House economic adviser, claimed that Trudeau is ‘overreacting.’
‘To say that this is an attack on Canada is not right,‘ Kudlow told a media outlet.