Joe Biden demanded Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stop the “freedom convoy” that protested at the US-Canada border against vaccine mandates, right before Trudeau invoked emergency powers to end it.
From Daily Mail:
President Joe Biden demanded Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stop the 'freedom convoy' that protested at the US-Canada border against vaccine mandates, right before Trudeau invoked emergency powers to end it. Trudeau is set to testify in Ottawa on Friday regarding his decision to clear out the convoy as part of the Canadian government's investigation into the PM using those powers. The trucker protest grew until it closed vital trade routes along the Canada-U.S. border and shut down key parts of the capital for more than three weeks. But all border blockades were ended on February 14. It has been revealed that Biden pressed on his Canadian counterpart to stop the convoy, with Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland saying that Washington was 'very, very, very worried.' The minister emailed staff on February 10 saying that the US government feared 'all of their northeastern car plants will shut down' if the convoy was not stopped within 12 hours. Freeland had been speaking that same day to Biden's top economic advisor, Brian Deese, who was himself worried about the blockades and said they could cost around $2.9billion in trade. Freeland has told the inquiry that she worried her country was 'in the process of doing long-term and possibly irreparable harm to our trading relationship with the United States.' The next day, Deese and Trudeau chief of staff Brian Clow set up a call between the Biden and the prime minister, with Trudeau being given a plan to end the convoy, according to POLITICO. Trudeau, according to texts between Clow and Freeland, talked to Biden about 'money, people and political/media support' with the likes of Fox News' Tucker Carlson influencing the blockades with nightly coverage. Biden allegedly spoke about the rumors of a separate convoy that was going to blockade Washington and the Super Bowl in Inglewood, California, just outside Los Angeles. According to Freeland, Biden had described the blockades as a 'shared problem.'