On Friday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau slammed President Donald Trump for his announcement that he planned to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum effective June 1.
According to the White House announcement made on May 31, the decision was made due to “national security.”
Speaking with Chuck Todd from Meet the Press in an excerpt from an exclusive interview airing in full on Sunday, Trudeau said that the imposition of tariffs was “insulting.”
“Our soldiers who had fought and died together on the beaches of World War II…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,” Trudeau said.
The Canadian Prime Minister continued on: “The idea that the Canadian steel that’s in military, military vehicles in the United States, the Canadian aluminum that makes your, your fighter jets is somehow now a threat?…The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable.”
Trudeau also said that despite Trump’s claims, this was not a matter of unfair trade.
“So it’s not like the trade is imbalanced against the U.S.’ favor on this one,” Trudeau told Todd.
Watch above, via NBC.
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