The Trump administration’s decision to couch its trade policy in terms of nation security did not sit well with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said during a Thursday press conference that President Donald Trump considering Canada “a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable."
"Let me be clear: These tariffs are totally unacceptable," Trudeau said. "Canadians have served alongside Americans in two world wars and in Korea. From the beaches of Normandy to the mountains of Afghanistan, we have fought and died together."
"Canada is a secure supplier of aluminum and steel to the U.S. defense industry, putting aluminum in American planes and steel in American tanks," Trudeau said. "That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable."
"These tariffs are an affront to the long-standing security partnership between Canada and the United States, and in particular, to the thousands of Canadians who have fought and died alongside American comrades-in-arms," he finished.
Canada’s trade officials said Thursday that the country will respond in kind to Trump’s tariffs, placing duties on steel and aluminum imports for as long as the U.S. policies are in place.
CTV News reported that Canada also is considering tariffs on numerous products in addition to steel and aluminum:
Among the additional products originating from the U.S. that may be subject to surtax, pending a 15-day consultation with Canadians for further refinement, are specific types of: coffee, prepared meals, pizza, chocolate, condiments, toiletries, beer kegs, whiskies, various household items, and motorboats.
Canada selected goods that they can easily replace with local or international alternatives, keeping in mind the cost to Canadians.
Trudeau characterized the development between countries as “a turning point in the Canada-U.S. relationship.”
"Americans remain our partners, our allies, and our friends. This is not about the American people. We have to believe that at some point their common sense will prevail. But we see no sign of that in this action today by the U.S. administration," Trudeau said.