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Trump accuses Canadians of smuggling U.S. goods across border to dodge 'massive' duties

June 21, 2018 07:52 PM

OTTAWA — 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.

Trump said Canada imposes such onerous tariffs on U.S. products -- shoes, for instance -- that people are forced to 'scuff 'em up' in order to 'smuggle' them home

Speaking to a gathering of small business owners in Washington, Trump again blasted the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying the U.S. can no longer afford to be the “stupid country.”

Canada imposes such onerous tariffs on U.S. products — shoes, for instance — that people are forced to “scuff ’em up” in order to “smuggle” them home, the president said, seemingly confusing tariffs with duties.

Trump said he’s looking out for American farmers and manufacturers, as he again took issue with Canada’s supply management system for dairy farmers.

“We can no longer be the stupid country; we want to be the smart country,” he said to rousing applause.

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