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Trudeau seeking U.S. decision on troops at border; calls possibility a mistake

The United States border crossing is seen Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in Lacolle, Que. The Canada-U.S. border will likely be closed to all non-essential travel in both directions as of Friday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it would be a mistake for the United States to position troops near the Canadian border.

Trudeau says today he’s told that to the Trump administration, and that he’s still seeking clarity on American plans.

The prime minister says when he knows more, he’ll share the information with Canadians.

In remarks at the White House late Thursday afternoon, U.S. President Donald Trump said — without any explanation — that the U.S. already has troops “along the border” with Canada.

Trump then went on a riff about one of his favourite topics — tariffs — and restated old concerns about cheap Chinese steel coming into the U.S. market from Canada.

The two countries already have a mutual ban in place on non-essential travel, but the movement of trade, commerce and cross-border workers has been allowed to continue.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 27, 2020.

The Canadian Press