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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Statement on President Trump's Tariffs on American Allies

June 1, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's announcement to impose tariffs on U.S. allies:

President Trump’s decision to launch a trade war with America’s closest allies and trading partners, Canada, the European Union, and Mexico by citing national security concerns is a betrayal of our friends and shames our nation. How President Trump could think that Canada poses a national security risk to the United States is simply incomprehensible. Canadian soldiers fought and died to defend freedom alongside their American brothers and sisters in World War II. In the aftermath of 9/11, Canadians sheltered Americans stranded by the shutdown of air traffic over North America for days. Simply put, America has no closer economic partner, national security ally, or friend than Canada.

Alarmingly, the decision to impose harmful tariffs on these nations fits a pattern. Since he took office, President Trump has continued to create opportunity for America’s adversaries, while undermining alliances and U.S. global leadership. Recently he pledged to help protect the Chinese tech firm ZTE, a company that U.S. intelligence officials have highlighted as a cybersecurity risk to our country. He has continuously refused to implement Congressionally mandated sanctions against Russia after they interfered in the 2016 election. And now, as he negotiates with the dictator in North Korea, President Trump goes out of his way to unilaterally start a trade war and alienate our closest allies. The truth is that these actions are detrimental to global peace and security. Day by day, President Trump continues to isolate America from our partners, damage U.S. relationships around the world, and put the security of the American people at risk.