Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland met with U.S. senators from both parties Wednesday behind closed doors to discuss the deteriorating relationship between the erstwhile allies.
Following the president’s implementation of steep aluminum and steel tariffs against the country’s closest trading partners, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is taking matters into her own hands and is appealing directly to U.S. senators to put a stop to the absurd initiative.
“You may feel today that your size allows you to go mano-a-mano with your traditional adversaries and be guaranteed to win. But if history tells us one thing, it is that no one nation’s pre-eminence is eternal.” — Freeland
Should the U.S. government fail to see reason, Freeland’s words may prove to be prophetic as the reality of retaliatory tariffs against the United States increases the chances of an economic depression.
The tariffs have caused an enormous rift to open between the United States and its trade partners, including Mexico and the European Union.
Tensions have been so high that the president of the United States reneged on his commitment to sign a joint communique issued by this year’s G7 summit after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a press conference that the Canadian government is not afraid to implement retaliatory tariffs against the U.S.
Freeland announced Wednesday that retaliatory Canadian tariffs against the U.S. would indeed go into effect July 1.
“Canada has, therefore, truly more in sorrow than in anger, announced a perfectly reciprocal, measured, dollar-for-dollar retaliation response. We have published our retaliatory list. Our tariffs will come into effect on July 1st.”
Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) reaffirmed the U.S.’s commitment to maintaining a positive relationship with our neighbors to the north, and expressed disagreement with the president’s policies, saying that Democrats in particular have a “totally different view than President Trump.”
“We applaud Prime Minister Trudeau’s effort in helping us in the world. We applaud Canada’s engagement in the world for peace and stability.” — Menendez
Freeland also pointed out that the implementation of arbitrary tariffs against U.S. allies is in direct violation of the World Trade Organization as well as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which the president has repeatedly threatened to pull out of.
In the meeting, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) alluded to the absurdity of referring to Canada as a “security threat” to the United States.
“Can you imagine being in Canada, our closest ally on the planet, and to be told that they are—they represent a national security threat, that the export of steel and aluminum is threatening our national security? That’s insulting. It really is.” — Flake
Last week, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, who has frequently butted heads with the president and his administration, issued a statement via Twitter to U.S. allies that directly critiqued the president’s recent behavior.
McCain has been a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer and has repeatedly been the target of attacks from within the administration, including an inflammatory and entirely disrespectful comment made by a White House aide last month.
Kelly Sadler, who joked that Senator McCain was “dying anyway,” left the White House this month.
Iron Triangle Press will continue to cover this story as it develops.