Canadian smuggling claims by Trump exaggerated

"We can no longer be the stupid country", Trump said.

Apparently, as Trump told the crowd, this is Canadians' only resort to get basic American products, like shoes, since the tariffs are so high.

Trump claimed that because of Canada's high tariffs, Canadians were coming into the USA and "smuggling things back" to avoid the duties.

Separately, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told MPs she believes a deal to renegotiate NAFTA is still possible despite the punitive tariffs the Trump administration has slapped on Canadian steel and aluminum in the name of national security.

U.S. President Donald Trump launched another trade tirade against Canadians, accusing them Tuesday of sneaking their American shopping back home - all because of what he calls "massive" tariffs on American goods.

And what does the president claim that Canadians are smuggling across the border?

While addressing the National Federation of Business in Washington, Trump told the crowd that Canadians are resorting to smuggling US goods to avoid tariffs. "They scuff 'em up, they made 'em sound old or look old".

The president has waged a war of words against Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ever since the Canadian leader criticized Trump's decision to increase tariffs on steel and aluminium, saying it would hurt the economy of both countries.

"Canada is not going to take advantage of the United States any longer, and Mexico is not going to take advantage of the United States any longer", he said.

Canadians are chiming in to say that they don't actually smuggle shoes. "We'll see whether or not we can make a reasonable NAFTA deal". "We want to be the smart country", he said to cheers and applause.

Ms. Freeland told the Commons global trade committee on Tuesday that Canada is still revising the list of possible retaliatory targets based on feedback from businesses. Based on tariff data, the U.S. and Canada aren't too far off in their treatment of goods - including shoes.

Freeland told the committee the "absurd and insulting" US metal tariffs will be met with a firm response on July 1.

Carrie said he was anxious about the government's ability to craft a plan given it is running deficits and doesn't have a lot of fiscal room to deal with what he called the "eventuality" of US auto tariffs.

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