Trump’s claim about Canadians ‘smuggling shoes’ hits a nerve

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Once again U.S. President Donald Trump again launched a mini-verbal attack on Canada over a trade dispute and gave an example from an article which appeared in a US publication about Canadians buying common products in the U.S. and having to “smuggle” them back into the country because of high tariffs.

He said this at an address to the National Federation of Business in Washington.

“People living in Canada are coming to the United States and smuggling things back into Canada because the tariffs are so massive,” Trump said Tuesday. “The tariffs to get common items back into Canada are so high, that they have to smuggle them in.

“They buy shoes and then they wear them. They scuff them up. They make them sound old or look old,” he said.

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“Canada,” Trump told the business conference. “They like to talk, they’re a great neighbour.”

Trump said he hoped the U.S. could work out a trade agreement with Canada, saying the two countries had a good relationship but that Americans were being taken advantage of.

“We have to change our ways. We can no longer be the stupid country. We want to be the smart country” Trump said.

It is a well-known fact that thousands of Canadians drive across the US border to shop at outlets and stores there for all kinds of consumer products which are often cheaper despite the difference in currency. It is a time-honored tradition that goes back decades, even before NAFTA existed.

There was even a report about Americans complaining about not being able to find parking outside a US Costco store because the parking lot was full of cars with Canadian licence plates. While US President Trump is right about Canadians smuggling in or bringing in legally American goods, it is more a case of high duties and import restrictions rather than tariffs. – CINEWS

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