Trump: ‘Canadians smuggle scuffed shoes out of US to avoid tariffs’

President Donald Trump claimed Canadians are smuggling scuffed upped shoes made to look old out of the United States to avoid high tariffs and stated America can long longer be ‘the stupid country’ on trade issues.

‘Canada is not going to take advantage of the United States any longer, and Mexico is not going to take advantage of the United States any longer,’ Trump told an audience at the National Federation of Independent Business’ 75th Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday afternoon.

The president has waged a war of words against Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ever since the Canadian leader criticized Trump’s decision to increase tariffs on steel and aluminium, saying it would hurt the economy of both countries.   

President Trump said Canada will not take advantage of the U.S. anymore

Trump and Justin Trudeau have been in a war of words since Trump raised tariffs

Trump and Justin Trudeau have been in a war of words since Trump raised tariffs

Trump claimed that because of Canada’s high tariffs, Canadians were coming into the U.S. and ‘smuggling things back’ to avoid the duties.

‘The tariffs to get common items back into Canada are so high that they have to smuggle them in. They buy shoes, then they wear them,’ he said. ‘They scuff them up. They make them sound old or look old. No, we’re treated horribly.’

He did offer words of praise for the Canadian people. 

‘Canada – they like to talk. They’re our great neighbor. They fought World War II with us. We appreciate it. They fought World War I with us, and we appreciate it,’ he said, ‘but we’re protecting each other.’ 

But then the president railed against the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Trump said is was ‘one of the worst deals ever made by this country.’ He added: ‘We’re trying to equalize it. And it’s not easy but we’re getting there.’

‘We can no longer be the stupid country. We want to be the smart country,’ he said. 

Trump repeatedly has threatened to withdraw from the 25-year-old deal and said in his remarks he may pursue separate agreements with Canada and Mexico.

The president announced late last month he would be impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union after initially exempting them from the levies.

Leaders from all the relevant countries criticized the move, saying it cause wide spread economic damage.

Trudeau has been one of the most vocal objectors and gone on American news shows to try and persuade the president to change his mind.

Trump has made Trudeau the main target of his fury in return. 

He particularly railed against Trudeau after the Canadian leader’s press conference following the G7 summit.

In it, the prime minister warned that Canada would not be pushed around on tariffs – a point Trudeau had made several times before.

‘He’ll learn that’s going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada. He’ll learn, he can’t do that,’ Trump said.

Meanwhile, Canadian officials have stressed the two countries’ extensive trading relationship and pointed out that Canada is the top export destination for 35 U.S. states and that 9 million jobs in the United States depend on trade with its northern neighbor.