Trump, while delivering a speech on Monday after, stressing on the national security reasons for putting up tariffs on Canadian metals, slammed his attacks on Canada saying “ The tariffs to get common items back into Canada are so high that they have to smuggle them in”.
The statement comes into light in the context of shoes getting imported to Canada.
Trump has angered Canada with his protectionist rhetoric, and has threatened to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in favour of a new bilateral trade deal.
“The tariffs are so massive. The tariffs to get common items back into Canada are so high that they have to smuggle them in,” he said in a speech Monday.
“They buy shoes, then they wear them. They scuff them up, they make them… look old,” Trump continued.
“Canada is not going to take advantage of the United States any longer.”
Canadians returning to their country from abroad receive certain duty exemptions if they have been away for more than 24 hours.
As part of NAFTA renegotiations, Washington wants Ottawa to expand these waivers to encourage Canadians to spend more in the US.
Such a measure would negatively impact Canadian vendors.
Nearly 4.9 million Canadians traveled temporarily to the United States between January and March 2018, according to Canadian figures.