Details of a phone call between Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reveal that Trump brought up the War of 1812 as a reason for Canadians posing a national security threat.
Trudeau argued with Trump over the new tariffs on Canadian imports, in which Trump reportedly said, “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” which was a reference to the War of 1812.
The problem here is that the War of 1812 involved the British burning down the White House after an American attack in Ontario, which was a British colony at the time.
A CNN source was asked if Trudeau took the comment well in which they said, “To the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke,” they said. “The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the US won’t be a laughing matter.”
The White House would not comment and the National Security Council did not return CNN’s call for comment
National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow was asked about the state of US-Canada relations, and he acknowledged some short-term tensions, but says he believes relations between the two countries remain “very good.”
“I have no doubt that the United States and Canada will remain firm friends and allies whatever short-term disagreements may occur,” Kudlow said.
PM Justin Trudeau has publicly slammed the “national security” justification for the new tariffs on Canada saying, “The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is, quite frankly, insulting and unacceptable,” Trudeau told NBC’s Meet the Press.
You are correct, Sir. It is in fact insulting and unacceptable.