Trump plans to put troops at the Canada-U.S. border to prevent people from crossing
The Canada-U.S. border will no longer be the world's longest unmilitarized border, if President Donald Trump has his way.
On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the White House plans to put troops near the Canadian borders in light of security concerns due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Trudeau said, "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."
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland reiterated Canada's position at a press conference shortly after, saying, "Canada is strongly opposed to this U.S. proposal and we’ve made that very clear to our U.S. counterparts."
Deputy PM @cafreeland says Canada understands the seriousness of this pandemic but there is public health justification for the US to send military to the border. She says the government has made it clear this is not the way to treat a trusted ally #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 26, 2020
Freeland revealed that the government first learned about the U.S. proposal a few days ago. She's had direct conversations with American officials since then.
According to CBC, Trump is considering placing 1,000 troops about 25 kilometres from the border and use remote sensors to look out for irregular border-crossers.
As you might expect, Canadians are baffled by the news.
"Is he trying to stop Americans from leaving?" one person asked. "Because I can guarantee that no Canadian is trying to sneak into his shitshow right now."
Is he trying to stop Americans from leaving? Because I can guarantee that no Canadian is trying to sneak into his shitshow right now. https://t.co/uumbG3AEl6— Kris Horton (@chalupacabra1) March 26, 2020
Another person argued that no Canadian would ever want to sneak into the U.S. — even on a good day.
Looool @realDonaldTrump has jokes! No Canadian wants to “sneak” in to your shithole country as you allow a pandemic to ravage it. Come to think of it none of us would want to sneak in on a good day.— Mercury Wilde (@mercurywilde) March 26, 2020
President Trump has yet to confirm whether his plans to militarize the Canada-U.S. border will be put into action.
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