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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland unloaded throughout an interview with CNN, lashing out at metal and aluminum tariffs imposed by the U.S. and the Trump administration’s declare that Canada poses as a nationwide safety risk.
During an interview with CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Freeland warned concerning the message the U.S. is sending because of commerce tensions between neighbouring international locations.
“I think what is important for Americans to understand is the justification under your rules for the imposition of these tariffs was a national security consideration. So, what you’re saying to us and to all of your NATO allies is that we somehow represent a national security threat to the United States,” the international affairs minister mentioned. “And I would just say to all of Canada’s American friends … Seriously?”
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Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration introduced that there could be a 25 per cent tariff on metal imports and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum imports, together with merchandise from Canada.
Trump had imposed the tariffs earlier this yr, saying his nation had been handled “badly” in commerce relations. Canada, Mexico and the European Union have been initially exempted from import duties, however these exemptions have been set to run out Friday.
At the time, Trump additionally cited nationwide safety causes for the tariffs.
“Do you really believe that Canada, that your NATO allies, represent a national security threat to you?” Freeland mentioned. “That’s why the prime minister said it is frankly insulting.”
Canada responded by imposing $16-billion price of tariffs on the U.S.
During an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau known as the hefty tariffs “insulting” whereas addressing Trump’s declare Canada is a nationwide safety risk.
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“One of the things I have to admit I’m having a lot of trouble getting around is that this whole thing has come about because the president and the administration has decided that Canada — Canadian steel and aluminum — is a national security threat to the United States,” Trudeau mentioned.
“First of all, the idea that our soldiers, who fought and died together on the beaches of World War II, in the mountains of Afghanistan, and have stood shoulder-to-shoulder in some of the most difficult places in the world, … this is insulting to them.”
On Sunday, White House financial advisor Larry Kudlow described to Fox News the rift between Canada and the U.S. as “more of a family quarrel.”
“I don’t think our tariffs are anything to do with our friendship and our longstanding alliance with Canada,” Kudlow mentioned.
During Freeland’s CNN interview, the international affairs minister refused to name the rift a “trade war.”
“A word that I would not use to describe it is a trade discussion,” Freeland mentioned. “That is to minimize something very, very serious. This is not just about words, this is about actions and it’s about actions that will hurt everyone.”
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Freeland added that it’s “a very grave difference between closest allies.”
“Part of the issue here is, it’s allegedly not even about trade … This is allegedly about a national security consideration,” Freeland mentioned. “I would say it’s a very grave difference between the closest allies of the United States and the U.S. around both national security and the global economy and the rules for the global economy.”
— with information from Rebecca Joseph
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Note: « Previously Published on: 2018-06-04 10:02:18, as ‘‘Seriously?’: Chrystia Freeland on U.S. tariffs, Trump’s declare Canada is safety risk – National