President Donald Trump's tariffs on Canada and his comments about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hurt the relationship between the allies, said Bruce Heyman, who was U.S. ambassador to Canada from 2014 to 2017.
"It's kind of like . . . if you were sitting with a friend and then out of the blue, you just punched them in the face," said Heyman on CBC's "On the Money." "The wounds will heal, but the question [is] how does the relationship get impacted? That's what happened here. These guys just pulled away and punched Canada in the face, and I think it was a line crossed and a bridge too far."
"They owe you an apology," Heyman said.
Heyman was referring to Trump tweets that including calling Trudeau "weak" and "dishonest."
"As an American, I hate this," Heyman said in the interview.
Canada is the U.S.'s largest trading partner, and the U.S. economy would struggle to make up for Canada's absence, Heyman noted.
"[Trump] wants to move all of that manufacturing back to the States . . . we don't have people to actually do this work," Heyman said, pointing out more jobs were posted than there were people in the U.S. looking for work, as well as cuts to immigration and low birth rates in the U.S., the CBC reported.
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