Justin Trudeau Says 'The US Will Be Hurting Itself' If Trump Keeps Masks From Canada
Canada's Prime Minister had some choice words for our neighbours to the south. Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump are in the middle of a face mask situation as the U.S. President has ordered 3M to stop sending masks to Canada. Trudeau said "the U.S. will be hurting itself" by doing so.
On April 4 during his press conference, Trudeau once again addressed the situation between Canada and the U.S. when it comes to exporting medical supplies.
"We are continuing to engage in constructive discussions with different levels within the administration to highlight that the U.S. will be hurting itself as much as Canada will be hurting if we see an interruption of the essential goods and services flow across the border," Trudeau said.
While their governments continue to talk surrounding the issues that have come up because of COVID-19, the two leaders have also been chatting.
"I will be speaking with President Trump in the coming days," he said. "I have spoken with him a number of times in the past weeks since the virus really started to hit hard."
The Prime Minister noted that Canada is getting a good response from the U.S. when it comes to this issue.
"We recognize that our countries are deeply interlinked in sometimes complex ways," he said.
He also pointed out that it's in everyone's interest to keep the close relationship between the two countries.
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However, right now Canada isn't planning any sort of response to strike back.
"We are not looking at retaliatory measures or measures that are punitive," Trudeau said.
He had noted just a day earlier that the U.S. gets a lot from Canada like supplies and products.
That even includes health care professionals that cross the border to work every day.
"We're going to continue to do everything we can to ensure that our frontline workers get the support and the protection they need," Trudeau said.
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The Trump administration had told 3M to stop exporting N95 masks to Canada.
The manufacturer said in a news release that there would be "significant humanitarian implications of ceasing respirator supplies to healthcare workers in Canada and Latin America, where we are a critical supplier of respirators."
Due to the global demand for supplies, Trudeau said there is a shift towards made in Canada solutions for personal protective equipment and medical supplies to use in our country.
Those products will also be there to help other countries as Canada meets its own needs.
Through all of this back and forth between the two governments, Americans have been writing "dear Canada" notes on Twitter that are heartwarming, hilarious and sad at the same time.