On Tuesday, during his speech at the National Federation of Independent Business’ anniversary celebration, Trump made a bizarre claim about Canadians. He accused them of smuggling shoes to avoid stiff tariffs.
Trump stated, “There was a story two days ago in a major newspaper talking about people living in Canada coming into the United States and smuggling things back into Canada because the tariffs are so massive.”
He continued, “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. They scuff them up. They make them sound old or look old so they can get them past border guards.”
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However, Trump doesn’t seem to know what he is talking about. There are no Canadian tariffs on shoes that are made in the United States. Canadians who buy things from the U.S. are actually avoiding tariffs on foreign-made items.
Trump’s comments come as he is in an ongoing spat with Canada. The spat started since he came back from the G-7 meeting.
His comments also made Canadians angrier and reaffirmed their commitment to boycott American products, a move that started this month.
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— CTV News (@CTVNews) June 19, 2018
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