President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to shut the U.S.-Canada border to all but essential traffic and trade last week, to contain the coronavirus spread. Now President Trump wants to station U.S. troops on the Canadian border, to ensure no one tries to illegally cross into America.
Trudeau confirmed the report Thursday, Canada's Global News reports, and apparently does not support the plan.
“Canada and the United States have the longest un-militarized border in the world and it is very much in both of our interests for it to remain that way,” Trudeau said, "while giving his daily briefing to reporters."
Canadians and some Americans are having a field day mocking the U.S., which does not have universal health care and has a far greater number of COVID-19 cases than our friends to the north.
You really think Canadians will flee their healthcare and a Prime Minister w/ policies that favour science for a ri… https://t.co/dnMK6uVv42— somecanuckchick🇨🇦 (@somecanuckchick🇨🇦) 1585242678.0
Trust me: no one from Canada or Mexico wants to come here now. Unless he's looking to block Americans from escapi… https://t.co/zFWHgNIXgs— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈) 1585241257.0
If things weren’t so grim, the idea that Trump needs to prevent Canadians from sneaking into the US would be laugha… https://t.co/LRbbS7mxsn— Scott Gilmore (@Scott Gilmore) 1585237617.0
We have more cases than them. If anyone would put guards at the border, it’s Canadians! https://t.co/1qjBFouRtL— Neera Tanden (@Neera Tanden) 1585238356.0
Sorry, no Canadian has any interest in crossing the border. No worries, “Murica. #NoCanadian #Covid19 We don’t want… https://t.co/25ZFUFAw3U— ProudCanadianMom🇨🇦 (@ProudCanadianMom🇨🇦) 1585238549.0
Why is trump proposing sending troops to 🇨🇦 border when 20,000 people crossed INTO Canada from US in 2018? It's Can… https://t.co/YA0fm3wYO0— Joanne (@Joanne) 1585242281.0
Why is @realDonaldTrump considering putting troops at the US/CAN border? Ain't no Canadian trying to sneak into you… https://t.co/sDfvuKYNtz— Pudgy Nugget (@Pudgy Nugget) 1585238160.0
Is this to keep the Americans from coming north? https://t.co/u4dhI9tSju— serenitynow (@serenitynow) 1585233033.0
Donald Trump deploying troops to the Canadian border to prevent COVID-19 carriers from infiltrating the United Stat… https://t.co/rfI7dADeIt— Michael Byers (@Michael Byers) 1585238074.0
Let me get this straight. So the US is wanting to put soldiers at the border so Canadians, with our far lower infec… https://t.co/h55DwpbC49— Amanda Jetté Knox (@Amanda Jetté Knox) 1585241746.0
Yes, let's put soldiers on the border to stand guard against, checks notes, Canada? We could put soldiers to work d… https://t.co/lMIfAxPZFo— Sarah Connor (@Sarah Connor) 1585236682.0
Breaking: Canadians lined up at the border to flee their free healthcare, civil society and functional leadership f… https://t.co/ukOdDfUpXU— NoelCaslerComedy (@NoelCaslerComedy) 1585239780.0
NO Canadian with intellect will WANT to cross the border right now. I love my US friends/players etc... BUT NOW is… https://t.co/f1MqCnFA2w— Supercal (@Supercal) 1585242178.0
America's doctors and nurses: HELP! We are desperate! We need masks, ventilators, gowns, gloves, beds. Donald Tru… https://t.co/6f484eS3X6— Jennifer Hayden (@Jennifer Hayden) 1585242095.0