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Trudeau says Canada won’t retaliate for US mask export ban

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 2:02 PM
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to questions during his daily press conference on COVID-19, in front of his residence at Rideau Cottage, on the grounds of Rideau Hall in Ottawa, on Saturday, March 28, 2020. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday that Canada won’t bring retaliatory or punitive measures against the United States after the Trump administration announced it would prevent the export of N95 protective masks.

Trudeau said he will speak to President Trump in the coming days. He said his officials are having constructive conversations with American officials.

Trump announced late Friday he would prevent the export of N95 protective masks to ensure they are available in the US.

The prime minister said he’ll tell Trump both countries are interlinked in ways that would hurt both nations if supply chains were cut.

“We are not looking at retaliatory measures or measures that are punitive, ” Trudeau said.

“We know it is in both our countries interests to cooperate.”

The prime minister noted Canada ships gloves and testing kits to the U.S and said materials from the N95 masks originate in Canada. Canadian nurses also cross the bridge in Windsor to work in the Detroit medical system everyday.

He noted health care workers rely on the masks in Canada.

Manufacturing giant 3M says there are significant humanitarian implications of ceasing N95 masks to health care workers in Canada and Latin America, where 3M is a critical supplier of respirators.

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