OTTAWA/WASHINGTON (1) - Canada’s authorities on Thursday mentioned U.S. President Donald Trump shouldn't deploy troops alongside the U.S.-Canada border, calling it unnecessary due to the coronavirus outbreak and warning it could injury relations between the 2 international locations.
Trump is predicted to ship fewer than 1,000 troops to the Canadian border, two U.S. authorities officers informed 1. They might assist implement the ban on non-essential crossings due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of many officers mentioned.
It could be “a completely unnecessary step that we might view as damaging to our relationship,” Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland informed reporters at a information convention.
She mentioned she had first heard about plans to deploy troops “a few days in the past”, and mentioned Canada had made its place clear to numerous members of the U.S. administration.
Earlier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau additionally discouraged militarizing the border.
“Canada and the US have the longest unmilitarized border on the planet and it is rather a lot in each of our pursuits for it to stay that means,” Trudeau mentioned.
“We have now been in discussions with the US on this,” he informed a information convention, with out giving particulars.
Canada has already closed the border to non-essential journey from the US as a part of a bid to fight coronavirus. The state of New York, which shares a border with Canada, has been an epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.
Trudeau mentioned Ottawa was in fixed contact with U.S. authorities and would regulate border safety measures if wanted.
Individually, one of many U.S. sources mentioned a number of hundred extra troops would even be deployed alongside the border with Mexico as well as to those already there.
Reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa, Idrees Ali and Jonathan Landay in Washington, writing by Steve Scherer; Modifying by Chizu Nomiyama and Tom Brown