Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was so upset by President Trump’s tariff announcement on Friday, that he granted an exclusive interview with “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd.
He used the opportunity to criticize Trump and his administration for trade decisions that he says are “insulting and unacceptable.”
Trudeau said imposing new tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum in order to protect American national security interests was a bold-faced lie. Truth be told, there are already legal protections built in for this, no tariff was needed.
“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 in an exclusive interview with “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd.
“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?” he continued in the interview, which took place in Trudeau’s office in Parliament in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. “The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable.”
Shortly after Trump announced the tariffs, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced retaliatory tariffs on the American economy, saying it was “the strongest trade action Canada has taken in the post-war era.”
Trudeau also dismissed the notion that the United States was being subjected to unfair trade deals:
“He’s worried about trade surpluses, trade deficits around the world. Well, they have a $2 billion surplus on steel with us. So it’s not like the trade is imbalanced against the U.S. favor on this one,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau’s entire interview isn’t set to air until Sunday.