Donald Trump Closing U.S./Canada Border to Non-Essential Traffic

trucks head to US customs after crossing the Ambassador Bridge that connects Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 28 September 2001. The Ambassador Bridge is one of the busiest crossings between the US and Canada. The 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and outside Washington that have left …
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President Donald Trump announced Wednesday the United States would close the border with Canada to non-essential traffic amid the coronavirus crisis.

“We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!”

Trump announced the border closure after CNN reported details of the discussions between the two countries.

On Tuesday, Trump said he did not want to say he was considering closing the borders between Canada and Mexico.

“We are discussing things with Canada and we’re discussing things with Mexico, quite honestly, and again, the relationship is outstanding with both, outstanding,” he said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is following the lead of other countries by restricting entry during the coronavirus crisis. On Monday, he announced that Canada would close the country’s borders to foreigners, with the exception of American citizens.

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