Trump says US will close the border with Canada to ‘non-essential’ traffic due to coronavirus – CNBC
President Donald Trump said Wednesday morning that the United States will temporarily close its border with Canada to “non-essential traffic” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic,” Trump wrote in a tweet.
“Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!”
The announcement is just the latest in a flurry of dramatic action in recent days aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was closing his country’s borders to foreigners, with the exception of American citizens. Trudeau is set to have a press conference on Wednesday morning.
On Tuesday, the European Union said it would close its external borders to non-citizens because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The border between the United States and Canada is the world’s longest border between two countries.
On Tuesday, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freedland discussed at a press conference the potentially massive effect of closing border.
“Nearly 200,000 people cross that border every day and that border and that traffic that goes across that border is literally a lifeline for both the Canadians and the Americans on both sides of that border,” Freeland said at that event, according to the news site CBC.
“We get our groceries thanks to truckers who drive back and forth across that border. Very urgently needed medical supplies and medicines go back and forth across that border,” she said. “And essential workers go back and forth across that border every day.”
“So it is a unique relationship for Canada and it’s important for us in handling our situation on the border to be sure that we act to get things right,” Freeland said, according to CBC.
Trucks wait to cross the Bluewater Bridge border crossing from Sarnia, Ontario to Port Huron Michigan on March 16, 2020.
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